In an adventure like no other, Melbourne contemporary photographer Zo Gay, better known as Zo Damage, explored and documented 365 consecutive days of live music and music culture through her lens. Her new book – The Damage Report – will be launched at Arts Centre Melbourne on Friday 11 August in Gallery 1 as part of The Kiln initiative. The launch will also feature more than 350 photographs taken by Gay which will be on public display from 13 – 15 August.
On 25 February 2016 Damage began her 365 Day Live Music Photography Project, in which she committed to photographing one band or more every day for a full year. The project was about exploration and growth; it was also a dynamic historical documentation of live music, music culture, art, and community.
The Damage Report combines Zo’s immersive photography with a selection of quotes and abstracts from artists featured. The book, which offers a unique perspective and insight into this vital cultural hub, is presented as a stunning document of historical significance from the perspective of the live music scene itself.
The Damage Report book launch will include guest speakers including Zo Damage and renowned music community activist Helen Marcou and a live performance from the Wet Lips. The book and photographs from the 365 Day Project collection will be available to purchase at the launch.