Presented by M.33 as part of Melbourne Art Book Fair
David Wadelton’s new book, Small Business designed by Yanni Florence and with an accompanying essay by Professor Natalie King OAM, looks at the small but enduring family-run businesses, often tucked away on suburban streets, which are rapidly fading away.
Many of the businesses have traded for decades, and continue to do so even as multi-storey developments and multi-nationals overshadow or consume them. The layouts featured are often pragmatic and utilitarian, arranged decades ago – often without regard for conventional design trends — and left that way. They are a time-capsule of a generation who toiled in their shop for decades.
Daniel Palmer is Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne. His latest book is Photography and Collaboration: From Conceptual Art to Crowdsourcing (Bloomsbury, 2017).