Barry Kay, internationally acclaimed stage and costume designer, photographer, born 1932 Melbourne Australia, died 1985 London England





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Crete Barry Kay's first attempts of exploring the medium of photography documentary sociology indigenous people and their habitat


Crete

Documentary
Subject: Sociology; humanities; indigenous people and their habitat

Created: 1973
Unpublished

The photographs contained in this file are Kay's first attempts of exploring the medium of photography during a visit to the mediterranean island of Crete.

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Tree House

Feature
Subject: Architecture; humanities; human habitat; unique domestic architecture

Created: 1974 [?]
Publication: 'Schöner Wohnen', Gruhner+Jahr, Hamburg;
[issue, date?]

A series of photographs of a most extraordinary and imaginative weekend hideout, daringly nestling in the fork of a sturdy tree aloft a steep cliff overlooking the Pacific coast, Queenscliff, near Manly, NSW, Australia.

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Covent Garden Market

Documentary
Subject: Sociology; humanities; people and their public environment

Created: 1974
Publication: 'Observer Magazine', London; [issue?];
'Schöner Wohnen', Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg; [issue?]

Images of a farewell folk-fest at Covent Garden Market in London, for centuries a hisoric institution of sentiments in some sort, before its relocation from the neighbouring Royal Opera House to a far less romantic place.

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COVENT GARDEN MARKET - the last days of Covent Garden Market in London, a photographic documentary by Barry Kay, return to top of Photography Alphabetical Index

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Egypt

Documentary
Subject: Sociology; humanities; religion; pilgrimage to Mecca

Created: [date?]
Unpublished

The images in this file record Cairo residents and their graphic expressions and statements in anticipation of their respective hâji and umra to the holy shrine at the Ka'ba in Mecca.

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Egypyt - preparations for the pilgrimage to the 'Ka'ba' in Mecca, a photographic documentary by Barry Kay, return to top of Photography Alphabetical Index

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Image from 'Changing Bodies', Barry Kay's Phtographic Socio-Anthropological Documentary about Human Body Beautification by Transformation, the Human Body as the Object of Vanity, Makeup, Piercing, Intimate Jewellery, Tatooing, Inking, Cosmetic Surgery, Hair Styling, Body Painting


Ocker

Socio-anthropological documentary
Subject: Social sciences; humanities; character studies; socially lower strata stereotypes; Australians of European descent

Created: 1974-1977
Unpublished

Ocker is an Australian vernacular - used as noun, adverb and adjective alike - signifying the most basic characteristics and demeanour of socially lower strata, stereotype Australians of European descent. The Ocker is part of both the nation's social history and presence and contributes a healthy earthiness to the fabric of Australian society. It is this that Kay is bringing across in his series of photographs - truly ocker.

In the widest sense, the nearest equivalent to Ocker would possibly be Cockney with its intrinsic values and language, and peculiarities.

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Photograph to the left is part of Changing Bodies

OCKER -  Train, crossing Australia's Nullarbor Plain, a photographic documentary by Barry Kay, return to top of Photography Alphabetical Index

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Book Cover photographic socio-anthropological decumentary As a Woman The Other Women Die anderen Frauen social sciences transgender transvestism transsexuality cross dressing Sydney Australia


As a Woman
The Other Women

Die anderen Frauen


Socio-anthropological documentary
Subject: Social sciences; humanities; transgender; transvestism, transsexuality, cross dressing

Created: 1974-1975

An extensive portrait of the unique transvestite and transsexual community of Sydney, Australia.

In 2003, Christopher Hirst of the The Independent, London, in his obituary about the publisher Anthony Mathews, describes Barry Kay's documentary as "a groundbreaking photo-essay".

Publications:

American edition: As a Woman; ISBN: 0-312065-00-1;
St. Martin's Press, New York, 1976

English edition: The Other Women; ISBN: 0-903811-17-0;
Mathews Miller Dunbar Ltd, London, 1976

Australian distribution: The Other Women; Bookwise, Sydney

German edition: Die anderen Frauen; ISBN: 3-881840-00-1;
Dieter Fricke Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1976

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Book cover, preface






British Library, London; Shelfmark: YK.1922.b.9009
Deutsche Bibliothek, Frankfurt am Main; Signatur: D 77 b/884 ¹
Deutsche Bücherei, Leipzig; Signatur: 1977 B 1483 ²
Library of Congress, Washington, DC; LC Control No.: 76012518
National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT; Bib ID; 2508426

1+2) In 1999, both libraries were merged as Deutsche Bibliothek and renamed
in 2006 to Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, retaining their respective locations


Preceding above publications, a feature appeared in the
"Observer Magazine", issue 24 August 1975

A portfolio of selected photographs from As a Woman
will be published by Ivorypress in C International Photo Magazine
9th edition, September 2009 -
available by subscription and at selected book stores

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THE OTHER WOMEN, AS A WOMAN, DIE ANDEREN FRAUEN - a photographic documentary by Barry Kay, return to top of Photography Alphabetical Index


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Tea and Sugar Train

Documentary
Subject: Sociology; humanities; outback living and conditions; Australia

Created: 1976-1977
Unpublished

A photographic documentary of an eight days' journey on a goods and supply train across Austalia's barren Nullarbor Plain, running from Port Augusta in Southern Australia to Kalgoorli in Western Australia. Here Kay has captured the life of the so-called Fettlers, whose only physical contact to the outside world consist of, among others, the bank, the post office, the butcher and the hairdresser being brought to them by train to their dessert outposts.

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THE TEA AND SUGAR TRAIN - crossing Australia's Nullarbor Plain, a photographic documentary by Barry Kay, return to top of Photography Alphabetical Index

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Ballet Isadora Barry Kay's Photographs of Dancers wearing costumes he designed Theatre Performing Arts Royal Ballet London The Sunday Times Magazine 1981


Isadora

Feature

Subject: Performing arts; humanities; thatre, dance, ballet

Created: April 1981
Publication: 'The Sunday Times Magazine', London;
26 April 1981

Kay's own stills of dancers wearing their costumes designed by him for the forthcoming première of MacMillan's ballet of Isadora for The Royal Ballet, London.

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PERFORMERS - stage performers, dancers, opera singers in action, a photographic documentary by Barry Kay, return to top of Photography Alphabetical Index

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Performers Nederlandse Opera Mirrors of the Truth Tell-Tale Heart Barry Kay's Photographs of Sets and Costumes he designed Theatre Performing Arts Holland Festival 1982


Performers

Feature
Subject: Performing arts; humanities; theatre, opera; music; people; pop & punk

Created: June 1982; at the Nederlandse Opera
Publicaion: The Netherlands daily press, individual photographs,
June 1982

As in the case of the ballet Isadora, during the final rehearsals of the double-billed operas Mirrors of the Truth and The Tell-Tale Heart, both taking place on the same set, here Kay also photographically documented his costume creations in action on stage.

Characteristic of Kay's photographic work, these images reveal his gifted, sensuous perception in capturing distinctive facets of human countenance, something he never took for granted, and as his compassion for fellow human beings and his subtle approach testify.

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PERFORMERS - The Tell-Tale Heart, Mirrors of the Truth, a photographic documentary by Barry Kay, return to top of Photography Alphabetical Index

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Mirrors of the Truth, stage


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Book Jacket of 'Changing Bodies', Barry Kay's Phtographic Socio-Anthropological Documentary about Human Body Beautification by Transformation, the Human Body as the Object of Vanity, Makeup, Piercing, Intimate Jewellery, Tatooing, Inking, Cosmetic Surgery, Hair Styling, Body Painting


Changing Bodies

Socio-anthropological documentary
Subject: Social sciences; humanities; body beautification and adornment; the human body as the object of vanity

Created: 1979-1982; completed 1983
Unpublished
Photographs were primarily taken in London and Los Angeles

A comprehensive account of extraordinary images and compositions reflecting the human endeavour in beautifying the body by transformation or remodelling, ranging from make-up to body-building and extensive corrective surgery.

Thames & Hudson were in the process of publishing this work, prefaced by an elucidating introduction by Germaine Greer. Preparations had already advanced to the stage of final plate mark-ups, but due to Kay's sudden death the publication never went to press. Greer subsequently withdrew her script.

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