Street art can be described as a visual conversation between many voices. It's an open-air exhibition space that is constantly changing through the work of many people acting alone and yet together. It can be colourful, raw, controversial or witty. Melbourne has long been rewned for its dynamic street art scene that covers everything from stencils, paste-ups and yarn bombing to sprayed, rolled and brushed paintings that appear overnight on city streets. And because of its transient nature, street art is best recorded through photographs. This book is a witness and a celebration of street art photographed around Melbourne over the last eight years.
Lou Chamberlin is an artist, author and arts educator. She has been teaching and writing about art and artists for children and young adults for 20 years and has created artists' books for the last 10 years. Her interest in street art has been fuelled by living and working in Melbourne with its vibrant and ever-changing street art scene. She has also researched and prepared photo-documentation of the street art of Rio de Janeiro and Valparaiso. The photographs in this book were taken between May 2005 and March 2013.