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H2ZHW: Award Winning Photographer Scarlet Page Talks “Captures”

In this episode we are hanging with award winning photographer Scarlet Page.

It’s approaching 30 years since internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer Scarlet Page’s live shot of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell – captured at the 1994 Big Day Out – was first published on the back cover of Raw magazine in the UK. Having just completed a photography degree at the University of Westminster at the time, Scarlet was assisting a photographer during this Australian touring festival but was also able to capture some of her own images.

Just one of the many captivating photographs that will feature in her upcoming ‘Captures’ exhibition – a collection of live, behind-the-scenes, album and portrait shots – this Cornell capture “really helped open some doors” for Scarlet back in the UK, effectively launching her career working for some of the most prestigious music publications in the UK, including MOJO, Q, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Classic Rock and Kerrang!. “It was all thanks to the Big Day Out, really,” she reflects.

While curating ‘Captures’ – her debut photography exhibition in Australia, to be held in Sydney’s Behind The Gallery this May – Scarlet sifted through her archives and discovered some previously unseen photographs and hidden gems with an Australian focus.

As well as photographing many Australian subjects over the years – including The Vines, Nick Cave and Brody Dalle (The Distillers) – Scarlet also captured some very early Silverchair gigs “in scuzzy little venues” all over England, utilising her distinctive documentary style of reportage.

She recently unearthed some long-forgotten contact sheets containing images of Silverchair and was immediately taken by their “vibey, black-and-white, fly-on-the wall feel”. A selection of these photographs will be on display for the first time during her exhibition at Behind The Gallery. “Especially as time passes, the photos become more nostalgic and more precious somehow,” she observes, “and they evoke such great memories.”

Scarlet is also particularly fond of some “very striking” photos she took of The Vines, which will also be included in her ‘Captures’ exhibit. “I shot them at a time where I would say Asperger’s wasn’t understood at all and we certainly have a greater understanding of it now, but at the time Craig [Nicholls], the singer, just seemed like an oddball nutter,” she recalls of this shoot. “Having now worked with, and photographed, people on the spectrum more it’s quite nice to reflect and think, ‘Wow, I see this in a completely different light now to what I did at the time,’ because he’s grimacing a lot.”

While photographing portraits, Scarlet prides herself on “going a little bit deeper behind the mask and capturing the essence” of her subjects. “Reflecting back on my career to date, I can see that thread continuing all the way through,” she says, “which is really nice because you don’t always know what your style is until you have time to look back.”

Over the last three decades, Scarlet has captured some of the most iconic music portraits, photographs and album covers. She travelled around America with the 1994 Lollapolooza tour – photographing the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins and Beastie Boys – and has also toured the globe with legendary acts such as The Darkness, Placebo, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones and Stereophonics.

Exhibitions of Scarlet’s work have also been shown at The Royal Albert Hall and Camden’s Proud Gallery. During lockdown, Scarlet started posting weekly ‘Words Behind The Shot’ videos, giving her followers exclusive insights into her process, which quickly attracted a cult following. “So many people still talk to me about those videos now,” she enthuses. “I’d take a shot of mine that was a well-known image and talk about what happened behind the scenes and in the lead-up to the day.” Scarlet continues to be commissioned by all the major record labels to shoot artwork, press and marketing campaigns for international bands.

A Nikon user for 30 years, she is now a proud ambassador for the brand.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see ‘Captures’, a collection of works by one of our generation’s finest music photographers, which has has been specifically curated for Australian audiences.

Behind The Gallery is proud to present internationally acclaimed photographer Scarlet Page and her debut photography exhibition ‘Captures’ from Wednesday, 3 May 2023 at 205 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, NSW.

The exhibition will showcase Scarlet’s iconic collection of live, behind-the-scenes, album and portrait shots from her three-decade career, including never before seen photographs, as well as her talent and passion for capturing the raw essence of music legends having grown up in the industry alongside her father, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

“While curating ‘Captures,’ I sifted through my archives and discovered some previously unseen photographs and hidden gems with an Australian focus. I pride myself on going a little bit deeper behind the mask and capturing the essence of my subjects,” Scarlet notes. “Reflecting back on my career to date, I can see that thread continuing all the way through.”

Public Opening Night: Thursday 5th May, 5 – 8pm
VIP / Media Night: Wednesday 3rd May, 6 – 8pm
Venue: Behind The Gallery Address: 205 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, 2010
Artist Talk: Saturday 6th May, 10am – 12pm.
Scarlet Page discusses her photography career and the images in her ‘Captures’ exhibition followed by a Q&A session.

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