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* Peter Wille: Out Driving - Photo Exhibition *
Explore the work of Peter Wille, who amassed a collection of more than 6000 colour photographs of Melbourne's architectural wonders throughout the 1950s and 1960s. This amateur photographer and architectural draftsman took images that capture a period of experimental design, from the austerity measures of post-World War II to the height of modernism. The exhibition includes works by groundbreaking architects Robin Boyd, Peter McIntyre, Kevin Borland, and John and Phillis Murphy.
About Peter WillePeter Wille (1931-71) had an unflagging passion for architecture. Emigrating from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) with his wife during the 1950s, he settled in the newly developed suburb of Mount Waverley, in Melbourne's south-east. Wille was employed by the firm Smith, Tracey, Lyon & Brock as an architectural draftsman, and he also contributed to the architectural journal Building ideas. In his spare time, he photographed buildings across Melbourne, particularly in pockets of the south-east, compiling a vast archive of more than 6000 meticulously annotated colour slides. In 1955, Wille began corresponding with architect Robin Boyd. Over the next 15 years, they developed a friendship centred on sharing and critiquing ideas. On 16 November 1971, Wille was killed in a tragic road accident while out photographing a building. His death came only one month after that of Robin Boyd. Peter Wille's carefully compiled archive is not only a significant record of a critical period in Australian architecture, it also illustrates one person's love of the buildings, environment and ideas that surrounded him. Peter Wille, photographer, Robin Boyd, architect, Neptune's Fishbowl, Toorak Rd, South Yarra, completed 1970, reproduction of colour slide. 01 December 2018-30 April 2020 Cost Free Location South Rotunda The Gateway
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