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Flesh: The Gold Coast in the 1960s, 70s and 80s
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Flesh: The Gold Coast in the 1960s, 70s and 80s

Author: Graham Burstow



Graham Burstow’s photographs celebrate and document an era of Australian beach life – transcending time and place and speaking directly to the heart

On the Gold Coast of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s the popular beaches and parks exploded with myriad happenings, from sun girl quests and tug-of-wars, to beer belly competitions and surf lifesaving events. Crowds of locals mingled with flocks of tourists who were drawn to its golden shores for the ultimate family holiday.

Before the internet and digital photography, social documentarian and photographer Graham Burstow moved freely through the crowds capturing the lively interactions between people from all walks of life with his basic Pentax SLR camera. His black and white hand-printed images capture the essence of the Gold Coast in an era that many think of as a more innocent Australia. Showcasing a variety of characters in action – close-up and on very public display, Flesh is as much a celebration of an Australian way of life as an homage to the body beautiful – in all shapes and sizes.