Sydney Diary 1974 – 1984
By William Yang.
One of the most beautiful and most important Australian photobooks, William Yang’s Sydney Diary captured the mood and scene of that strange 70s/80s cross-over period in Sydney. Honestly, there is so much packed in here we don’t even know where to start, but that’s the way we always like it! From Bondi beach bums to wild confetti-strewn parties, heroin junkies, rough sleepers, runway shows, costume balls, society events ~ and our fave: a hedonistic two-page spread of gay guys snorting poppers ~ punctuated by more somber personal portraits. It’s not just a nostalgic record, a who’s who of an era, but a visceral memoir of “friendships lost and found, fragile landscapes, modern icons, images of the incessant pursuit of pleasure, of innocence and experience, ecstasy and desire.”
Publication date: 1984
Publisher: James Fraser
Description: Hardcover with dust jacket. 1st and only edition. Very rare. 143p.