Shopkeepers of Newtown:

Photographs by Nic Bezzina

Newtown is definitely undergoing change, as it becomes one of Sydney’s most popular nightlife, restaurant and shopping destinations. In the last couple of years there have been multiple major developments including a new train station. As rents rise, I think many of the quirky independent stores that made this area so attractive will be pushed out.

Nic Bezzina, 2014

In 2009, photographer Nic Bezzina began recording the shopkeepers of Newtown, an area long known for its diversity and alternative culture. Realising the importance of his images for future generations, Bezzina captured some of the most iconic characters of King Street and Enmore Road. These images record the suburb’s unique character.

Nic Bezzina explains the inspiration behind his photographic series "Shopkeepers of Newtown", on display at the State Library of New South Wales until 10th May 2015.

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