Real Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

| 16 February , 2009 | Reply

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Guest Editor, Emma Andrews

I had the privilege of attending the launch of “The Beauty of Italian Women”, a sensual and intimate photographic exhibition by Australian Fashion Photographer, Julie Adams.  This was her first exhibition and was an exciting moment for Julie and her family.

The launch was a busy affair in a small gallery in Surry Hills, blank_space.  From the moment I stepped foot in the doors I could sense this would be a warm and friendly experience.


Julie\’s project began in August 2001 by chance, when she approached a stranger to see if she could take her portrait.  Over the next four years, Julie produced a collection of photographs dedicated to the beauty of Italian women.


The photographs are sensual, honest, interesting, and delve into the lives and emotions of a group of remarkable Italian women.  As Julie said, “I was so overwhelmed with the warmth of Italian women – their enthusiasm, their sense of fun, their honesty. Incredibly, every woman I approached agreed to be photographed.


My personal favourite was this amazing family portrait of the Grazias family.  Their beauty and warmth saturates you and makes you want to jump straight on a plane to Italy.


Another beautifully relaxed and intimate photo was this one of Fiora and Elena.  I spent a long time gazing at this photo wishing I could lie on a beach with my girlfriends (in Italy of course!), sun lotion and water bottle in hand, without a care in the world.


Julie Adams, 33, is a fashion and portrait photographer. She has worked in the US and Europe for almost 12 years with clients including UK Marie Claire, US Marie Claire, US Glamour, Nylon, The Independent and UK Grazia.


Julie has recently returned to Sydney with her family to continue her work as a portrait and fashion photographer. She lives with her husband and daughter in Manly.


The Beauty of Italian Women can be seen daily at the blank_space gallery:
374 Crown St Surry Hills from Feb 12th to 18th 2009, 11am – 6pm. Entry free.

This exhibition is well worth a visit.  If you don\’t have time to gather some friends and experience Julie\’s photography first hand – go to or

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