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About Zo Damage

Internationally acclaimed award-winning Melbourne photographer Zo Gay, better known as Zo Damage, has been documenting the underground live music scene for over a decade. 

ECSR 2007

ECSR 2007

Zo's dense catalogue presents the scene in a way that is emotionally honest and captures the rawness of live performance. With a number of solo exhibitions under her belt, Zo has also curated a number of group exhibitions including the prestigious DIGS exhibition presenting a series of memorabilia and original works from artists including Rennie Ellis, Ponch Hawkes, Carol Porter and Phillip Morris.

Zo’s atmospheric, low-light black and white photographs bristle with the raw energy of a great gig where performer and audience become a continuous feed loop. Her themed solo exhibitions have become a fixture on Melbourne’s exhibition circuit and continue to provide inspiration to both industry professionals and the wider public. — Carolyn Laffan, Curator (Music), Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne

On 25 February 2016 Zo began her 365 Day Live Music Photography Project, where she committed to photographing a band or more every day for a full year. Zo successfully completed her unprecedented journey on 24 February 2017. As 2016 was a leap year Zo photographed each of the 366 days in a row.

Zo's book The Damage Report celebrates the successful completion of the Zo Damage 365 Day Live Music Photography Project.

Zo has captured a period in which many of us are left wondering about the music industry’s future, while showing that the right now is a celebration of a very fertile time of music creation. — Jason Fuller: Goatsound Studios, The Ruiner, Blood Duster. 

In November 2017 Zo was presented with The Age Music Victoria "Outstanding Achievement Award" for her 365 Day Project and The Damage Report.

The Age Music Victoria Awards 2017

The Age Music Victoria Awards 2017
Outstanding Achievement Award
Zo Damage
365 Day Project The Damage Report 

Zo's photograph "SLAM Rally III" is presented as a feature piece in the inaugural Australian Music Vault installation located in Gallery 1, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Slam III by Zo Damage

In May 2018 Zo was invited to speak for the Photography Studies College Image Maker Seminar Series. Zo is the first live music photographer to have been invited to speak for the prestigious event. 

About See The Sound

See The Sound is a pop-up shop by internationally acclaimed Melbourne photographer Zo Damage. Music and art lovers alike are spoilt for choice with framed and unframed open and limited edition archival photographs showcasing Zo’s live music photography, and, original illustrative works from local artists.

Zo Damage is thrilled to announce See The Sound's new “Market Sessions” where Melbourne’s finest bands are set to wow Queen Victoria Market A-Shed Lane with live music performances.

Each month See The Sound presents the work of a guest artist along side the photography of Zo Damage. With a stunning array of original works, each guest artist hales from a background in live music. Previous guest artists include Paul Pirie (Batpiss), Jace Rogers (DEAD) and Joel Morrison (Bodies / Tankerville).

For more information about See The Sound’s “Market Sessions” and exhibiting guest artist follow Zo Damage and See The Sound Facebook pages and sign up to the Zo Damage mailing list at zodamage.com.

Come to See The Sound at 147 Victoria St, immerse yourself in Melbourne’s live music culture and enjoy a day out at the iconic Queen Victoria Market with best fresh produce and deli’s Melbourne has on offer, have lunch and explore. What’s not to love!

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