Graffiti has been scribbled, scratched, or painted for thousands of years. Examples have been found in as early as in ancient Egypt and Greece, and across the Roman Empire.
Melbourne, a city of some five million people, has embraced graffiti as part of a unique ‘lane’ culture – particularly within its inner-city precincts. Graffiti #1 – a photographic essay explores the spectrum of ‘street art’ – legal and illegal – from tags and stencils to elaborate murals and work on pasted paper.
Graffiti #1 captures an ephemeral art. It’s a snapshot of work by graffiti artists and taggers within the inner north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne circa 2015.