We were sad to hear the news of Mick Bradley passing in Sydney from a short illness. Mick is a well known icon in photography circles. His most recent book, City Streets, is the most thorough rendering of Adelaide's streets, perhaps any city streets, ever.
City Streets is a reproduction of a project by Hermann Baring in 1936 to do the same thing. Mick's book, is a brilliant comparison across 70 years.
We will miss Mick's charm and stunning work, his energy and desire to creating was very attractive.
Michael Bollen of Wakefield Press and close friend of Mick's wrote this of Mick's passing:
Mick Bradley, 1945--2013
After a sudden illness, South Australian photographer Mick Bradley died on Wednesday 13 November at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. Mick was aged 68. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. Mick’s smile was infectious. He lit up a room, and a day. He was kind and very talented.
Mick Bradley was born in London, but came to Australia as a boy, and his images tell stories from our lives from the 1970s on. Mick honed his craft as a fine art printer, darkroom operator and photographer working for studios in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and London. He was forever on the lookout for poetic moments in everday life. In much of his work he bridged the gap between documentary photography and fine art.
Mick Bradley created a niche for himself in the history of South Australian photography, while his work appears in books, exhibitions and collections throughout this country and in North America and the United Kingdom. Recent endeavours included his 2011 SALA exhibition, Full Circle, held at the Bay Discovery Centre, photography for the book Carrick Hill, and more than a year shooting in Adelaide for the minumental book City Streets, which he co-authored with Lance Campbell.
Our thoughts are with Mick’s lovely wife Vivian, his children and grandchildren, his large extended family and his numerous friends. Mick Bradley was a genuine character, a one-off. We are poorer for his absence, but richer for his life.
Greenaway Gallery in Rundle Street, Kent Town, is hosting a farewell for Mick from 5.30 pm on Thursday 28 November. All are welcome.