Snap Scene: ‘Its only rock’n’roll but I like it’ The Music Photography of Wendy McDougall

The classic ‘Jagger/Richards’ song ‘It’s only rock’n’roll but I like it’ – perfectly sums up the life and working career of music photographer Wendy McDougall, so it is fitting that she has chosen this as the title for her new exhibition.

Thanks to Canon Australia, Wendy will be presenting a retrospective styled exhibition of her work as a Music Photographer. The exhibition, that will be seen in Sydney and Melbourne, will include images of INXS, Crowded House, Paul Kelly and The Church along with many other images chosen from her extensive portfolio.

In recognition of a 40 year career spent photographing iconic Australian and International musicians, Wendy was the recipient of the inaugural 2018 AWMA (Australian Women in Music Awards) for Best Photographer.

In 1979 Wendy sold her first photo to one of the biggest band in the land, The Angels. This was ground zero and kickstarted her photographic career in the business of making music. From that moment on she has been creating striking pictures of iconic Australian music acts which include Cold Chisel, Divinyls, Richard Clapton, Noiseworks, Diesel, Jeff Duff, GANGgajang, Ross Wilson, Mental as Anything, Boom Crash Opera, Matt Finish and Chris Bailey to name a few, along with visiting international musicians like Tom Jones and Mick Jagger.

“I feel like I’ve had an angel watch over me throughout my life” Wendy reveals, “I mean seriously, who starts their career selling their first photo to one of the biggest bands in the country? I still don’t quite know how that happened but I’m glad it did”.

Wendy always felt that the best way to live life was to do the things you liked and from an early age these things were music, rock’n’roll and art. Her idea of fun was combining these and she’s been following her heart ever since. Wendy is still taking photos of musicians to this day and now, forty years after it all began, we get to see some of her award winning collection.

SUNSTUDIOS Galleries in Sydney and South Melbourne – are the venues where you can relive your music memories or just come along and see some fabulous art that helped shape the Australian Music industry.

3rd – 19th April 2019 – SUNSTUDIOS SYDNEY –
42 Maddox St Alexandria 2015 ph: [02] 9641 5568

9th – 24th May 2019 – Sky Light Gallery MELBOURNE –
95 Buckhurst St South Melbourne 3205 ph: [03] 8695 9700

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Mandy is a music photographer & writer. She runs Mandy Hall Media, which includes Photography, Social Media marketing, PR & Graphic Design for the music industry. She is also a web developer - she created and supports this website.

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