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Australia Street, Portraits From The Inner West

Christopher, Pastry Chef from Blackstar Pastry with his famous watermelon cake.

How well do you know your neighbours? No, this isn’t a sinister opening to a true-life murder mystery – it’s the theme of Zahn Pithers’ latest exhibition.

The two-year project, entitled Australia Street – Portraits of the Inner West, features a mixture of famous faces and culturally diverse community figures all living on Pithers’ street in Newtown.

This photographic exhibition comes at an important time for Newtown, as its identity as one of the most diverse enclaves of Sydney is under threat from gentrification, rising rent prices, and an influx of party goers due to the CBD lockout laws.

A renowned commercial photographer, Pithers describes the end product as a “coming together of likeminded individuals”. He captured portraits of people as different as Julian Hamilton from The Presets to Elvis Abrahanowicz, owner of the Continental Deli.

“One thing they both – actually virtually everyone in the series – had in common was their respect for their community,” said Pithers.

The exhibition will be up for viewing at a number of participating venues on Australia Street, including Black Star Pastry, 212 Blu, and the Continental Deli. (CB)

Until Sep 30, 8am-4pm. Australia Street, Newtown. Info: www.australiastreet-com-au.work

BY CAITLIN BURNS

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