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About Zo Damage

Acclaimed Melbourne live music 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 The Damage Report / 365 Project, Still, Clan, Seed, Ride, Roar, Reach, Drive, Eve, Proof and Grit, Zo has also curated a number of group exhibitions working with artists and photographers including the Rennie Ellis Estate, Ponch Hawkes, Carol Porter, Philip Morris and Paul Pirie.

About 365

The project

On 25 February 2016, Melbourne photographer Zo Damage committed to photographing a live band or more every day for a full year with her 365 Day Project.

The project explores and documents 366 consecutive days (2016 = Leap Year) of live music and music culture, Zo’s unique and insightful outlook sharing a rich narrative of diversity, art and community. Zo successfully completed her unprecedented 365 Day Project on 24 February 2017.

The rules

Zo set herself some simple guidelines to work by for her 365 Day Project, the most important being that photographs of one or more live music performances must be taken on the day every day.

The exhibitions

The Zo Damage 365 Day Project exhibitions showed at The Old Bar Gallery; Gallery 1, Arts Centre Melbourne (sold out event); Bib’n’Brace Collective (Brisbane); and Nanda\Hobbs (Sydney). Presented in chronological order, each instalment comprised in excess of 460 photographs, representing each day of Zo’s project (days 1–366).

Zo Damage
The Damage Report | 365 Project book launch and exhibition
Gallery 1, Arts Centre Melbourne

Zo Damage
The Damage Report | 365 Project book launch and exhibition
Gallery 1, Arts Centre Melbourne

Zo Damage
The Damage Report | 365 Project book launch and exhibition
Gallery 1, Arts Centre Melbourne

Zo Damage
The Damage Report | 365 Project book launch and exhibition
Nanda\Hobbs Sydney

The book

In August 2017 Zo Damage released her 365 Day Project book The Damage Report. Read Readings Books review here.

Awards

In November 2017 Zo Damage was presented with The Age Music Victoria Awards Outstanding Achievement Award for her 365 Day Project and book The Damage Report. A year later, in November 2018, Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp presented Zo with the QVM Trader Awards Services to the Community Award.

The Age Music Victoria Awards 2017

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

Music Victoria CEO presents Zo Damage with The Age Music Victoria Awards Outstanding Achievement Award.
Photo © Carbie Warbie

Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp and QVM Chair of the Board Jane Fenton present Zo Damage with QVM Trader Awards Services to the Community Award.
Photo © Kristyna Hessova

Seriously huge

The Australian Music Vault launched in December 2017 at Arts Centre Melbourne. SLAM Rally (3) by Zo Damage features as a signature piece in the historic collection.

SLAM Rally III
Melbourne CBD 2010
© Zo Damage

Zo Damage in front of her SLAM Rally III photograph on show as part of the Australian Music Vault at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Photo © John Zurbo

PSC IMSS

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. 

Photo courtesy PSC

Zo Damage Gallery

In July 2018 Zo Damage opened a bricks and mortar store nestled in the heart of the historic Queen Victoria Market. Zo Damage at QVM celebrates Australian live music culture offering original photographic prints and products, Australian underground and independent vinyl releases, art and illustrative work by local artists and in-store live music performances for Zo Damage Market Sessions.

Zo Damage Gallery 
147 Victoria St
Queen Victoria Market Melbourne