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In this collection, Graham Burstow’s photographs celebrate and document an era of Australian beach life, transcending time and place and speaking directly to the heart. On the Gold Coast of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the popular beaches and parks exploded with myriad happenings, from sun girl quests and tug-of-wars to beer belly competitions and surf lifesaving events. Crowds of locals mingled with flocks of tourists who were drawn to its golden shores for the ultimate family holiday. Before the internet and digital photography, social documentarian and photographer Graham Burstow moved freely through the crowds capturing the lively interactions between people from all walks of life with his basic Pentax SLR camera. His black-and-white, hand-printed images capture the essence of the Gold Coast in an era that many think of as a more innocent Australia. Showcasing a variety of characters in action—close-up and on very public display—Flesh is as much a celebration of an Australian way of life as an homage to the body beautiful, in all shapes and sizes.
Graham Burstow is a black-and-white amateur photographer whose silver gelatin prints have been acquired by the National Library of Australia, the State Library of Queensland, and the Queensland Art Gallery. They have appeared in solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally. He is the photographer of Touch Me, and in 2004 he was presented with an Order of Australia Medal for Services to Photography in Australia.