About Zo Damage
Melbourne’s busiest music photographer Zo Gay, better known as Zo Damage, has been documenting Melbourne’s underground music scene for a decade.
Zo’s dense catalogue captures the rawness of live performance. Her presentation of the scene is emotionally honest.’.
In an adventure like no other, Zo Damage explores and documents 365 consecutive days of live music and music culture, her unique and insightful outlook disrupting perspective, as she shares a vision of diversity, art and community. Zo successfully completed her 365 Day Project, (which was 366 days due to the leap year) on 24 February 2017.
This is history. Join the journey.
With a number of solo exhibitions under her belt, including Grit and Proof , shown in the heart of Melbourne’s live music hub at The Old Bar Gallery; Eve, an exhibition celebrating women in music presented by Leaps & Bounds Music Festival and Labour of Love, shown at Besser Space, Collingwood; Drive, Zo’s debut Brisbane exhibition presented by Tym Guitars and Sonic Masala Fest; and Reach, shown at the heritage listed Taradale Post Office, home to Shelf Life Gallery in Taradale, Central Victoria.
Zo recently curated the group exhibition Digs, a 40 year retrospective of music culture and influence in Melbourne’s inner north, which included photographic and illustrative works by artists Rennie Ellis, Philip Morris, Ponch Hawkes, Tim Molloy, Paul Pirie and others.
In November 2016 Zo also curated and presented Bloom, an exhibition celebrating culture and community showcasing the work of four amateur live music photographers.
Listen to Zo Damage talk about the Eve exhibition and her 365 Day Project with Sky Kirkham for Books and Arts on ABC Radio National.
Along with the impressive string of solo exhibitions that comprise in excess of 130 unique photographs, Zo’s work has been featured in countless online and print publications, on album art and in promotional campaigns and shopfront window displays.
The GRIT collection from Zo's debut solo exhibition titled GRIT was independently published as a stunning limited edition, collectable hardback book. GRIT the book has sold out
Zo was also the mastermind behind the National Save Live Australian Music (SLAM) Day photo archive. She developed the concept and coordinated photographers from around the nation to capture performances on National SLAM Day for two years running, as well as being the primary photographer for the SLAM ‘What does live music mean to you?’ speech bubble campaign.
On 25 February 2016 Zo began her 365 day live music photography project, where she has committed to photographing a band (or more) a day for 365 days. That's a year! Zo is now over three-quarters of the way through the project and has seen over 450 live bands since it started.
With 2017 marking Zo’s tenth anniversary of being published as a live music photographer, Zo wanted to embark on a project that took her into this celebratory year, pushing herself personally, and, as a creative artist to new limits while disrupting preconceptions of live music culture and the craft of contemporary photography. The project is about exploration and growth and a dynamic historical documentation of the live music scene, art, music culture and community.
The Zo Damage 365 Day Project has evolved into something much greater. Although Zo did realise the project would hold a certain amount of historical relevance, it was not until reaching the half way mark that the vastness and sheer immensity of what she had embarked upon became clearly apparent.
The immensity of the Zo Damage 365 Day Project is inspiring in the sheer breadth of its volume and vision, and its representation of music culture and community. The project is self-funded.
Check out photos from Zo’s 365 Day Project and join the journey. Photos are grouped into weeks. Date, project day number, band, event and venue info come with each photo. The project is being posted to social media and the Zo Damage website.
"The Damage Report" BOOK
The Zo Damage 365 Day Project will also be presented in a stunning book titled The Damage Report. This epic, unprecedented documentation of 365 consecutive days of live music and live music culture will incorporate photographs from each day of the Zo Damage 365 Day Project, as well as writings from Zo and a number of artist featured in the project. Typeset and designed by Zo, and printed in Melbourne using eco-friendly inks and print methods, The Damage Report book is scheduled for release in June-July 2017 with a supporting book launch / major exhibition. Click HERE to view sample spreads.
Zo Damage books, website and online store designed and created by Zo Gay at Zo Damage.