Jennifer Blau exhibited in 2013 in Head On featured show 'See More Janes' and was a Head On Portrait Prize finalist
'Acknowledged: Sydney's Homeless' is a new photographic exhibition at the State Library of NSW by photographers Jennifer Blau and Angela Pelizzari. The exhibition is free and is open from 29 July to 6 October 2013.
Jennifer and Angela have captured the many faces of homeless people in Sydney volunteering in recent years as portrait photographers at a day of services for homeless people held at Town Hall each year by Sydney Homeless Connect.
The exhibition, curated by Felicity Coonan, challenges many of the negative perceptions and depictions of homeless people and acknowledges them as individuals just like us, but often with a tragic past. Homelessness is something that can happen to anyone and each face in the exhibition has its own fascinating story - many included alongside the photographs.
The images present a range of searing emotions - shot dramatically in black and white. As a documentary photographer, Jennifer aimed to capture the prevailing mood of her subjects. Some sat in a kind of private pain and despair unable to look at or smile for the camera. One young man had never had his photograph taken before....