Melbourne photographer Zo Gay, better known as Zo Damage, has been documenting the underground live music scene for over a decade.
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 including Grit, Proof, Eve, Drive and Reach, Zo has also curated a number of group exhibitions.
“Over the past decade, Zo Damage has established an enviable record as one of Melbourne’s most dynamic and committed live music photographers. Her ambitious 365 Day project, which has seen her out on the frontline photographing underground, emerging and international headliners every day for a year, has set a new benchmark in the industry.
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.
"The 365 Day Project is about dedication, resilience and determination. Every day for a year, you’d find Zo down in the pit, capturing the stories and the characters who form the narrative of Melbourne’s music.” — Helen Marcou: SLAM, Bakehouse Studios
Zo's book The Damage Report celebrates the successful completion of the Zo Damage 365 Day Live Music Photography Project.
That Zo has achieved her goal of photographing one band or more a day every day for a full is year is testament to the depth and breadth of a thriving music community and creative hub that embodies the richness and diversity of live music culture.
“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. This is the first time in 12 years that the "Outstanding Achievement Award" has been presented.
THE DAMAGE REPORT | 365 DAY PROJECT
BOOK LAUNCH & EXHIBITION
ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE 2017
BIB'N'BRACE COLLECTIVE BRISBANE 2017
NANDA\HOBBS CONTEMPORARY SYDNEY 2017
View the Zo Damage 365 Day Project online gallery here.
Buy The Damage Report here.
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SHELF LIFE GALLERY 2016
The REACH collection features a unique series of photographs that explore the places music takes us while blurring the lines between contemporary and live music photography. The Zo Damage REACH Exhibition showed in the beautiful country surrounds of the heritage listed Taradale post office, home to Shelf Life Gallery at Taradale Wine & Produce in Central Victoria in September–October 2016.
View the REACH online gallery here.
Buy prints from the REACH collection here.
TYM GUITARS 2016
The DRIVE collection presents a series of images as featured in Zo's fourth solo exhibition, titled DRIVE in celebration of Sonic Masala Records annual event Sonic Masala Fest. The DRIVE Exhibition was on show at the iconic Tym Guitars in Fortitude Valley, Queensland. DRIVE is Zo's first exhibition to be held outside of her home town in Melbourne.
View the DRIVE online gallery here.
Buy prints from the DRIVE collection here.
BESSER SPACE 2016
In July 2016 Zo showcased her third solo exhibition with EVE, a collection of photographs celebrating women in rock‘n’roll and featured yet another brand new collection of images. Presented by Leaps & Bounds Music Festival and Labour of Love, the Zo Damage EVE Exhibition showed at Besser Space in July 2016.
View the EVE online gallery here.
Buy prints from the EVE collection here.
THE OLD BAR GALLERY 2016
The PROOF collection showcases the work of artist Zo Damage as she documents and highlights Melbourne's music scene and the world she lives in. The collection, as shown in Zo's second solo exhibition titled PROOF as shown at The Old Bar Gallery in April 2016, captures the feeling of great live performance. Zo presents the "scene" in a way that is emotionally honest and totally raw. You will come away from PROOF with the feeling of being there, in the thick of things.
View the PROOF online gallery here.
Buy prints from the PROOF collection here.
THE OLD BAR GALLERY 2015
GRIT is a collection of images from Zo's debut solo exhibition titled GRIT which showed at The Old Bar Gallery in May 2015 and featured a series of stunning Ltd Ed photographic prints, the collection showcasing a diverse range of contemporary musicians and bands with a strong focus on live music culture and the underground and emerging live music scene.
View the GRIT online gallery here.
Buy prints from the GRIT collection here.