Simon Terrill’s PROSCENIUM is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive


Title: Proscenium

Photographer: Simon Terrill

With an essay by Edward Colless

Date of publication: 2011

Place of publication: Balaclava, VIC, Australia.

Language: English

Dimensions of book: 270 x 210 mm

Edition size: 1000

Number of pages: 72

Number of images: 36

Cover, Type of binding: Hardcover with JHT cloth

Type of printing: Offset

Type of paper: 200gsm, SPCO matte

Printer: Everbest

Publisher:  M.33

Publication designer: Darren Sylvester

Publication editor: Helen Frajman

ISBN: 978-0-9871670-0-2

Retail price: AUS $50

Simon Terrill’s Proscenium is a photographic presentation of staging and performance. A proscenium, the edge of the theatrical stage, has here been initially defined through the lens of the camera and later via the edge of the print. The title functions to hold together the crowds, streetscapes and landscapes that present themselves within the pages of this book. The cameo interlude of a series of portraits featuring the British performance artist and painter Bruce McLean represents the sole inclusion of a choreographed scene.

All of the other works reveal an exposure of the world that was directly facing the camera at the time of the image. As with the theatre arch, these still moments of photography invite both a closer inspection of the particular scenes within, and a greater reflection on the performances of everyday life.