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Send me a lullaby
Emma Phillips

Send me a lullaby, Emma Phillips

Send me a lullaby,
Emma PhillipsSend me a lullaby
Emma Phillips
Perimeter Editions and Photo Australia


First Edition of 600
48 pages
280 x 208 mm
ISBN 9780648680192


Send me a lullaby is a love letter to a city undergoing immense change, created during a period of both urban transformation and global upheaval. Emma Phillips was commissioned by Photo Australia to make a photographic portrait of Melbourne in the lead up to PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography. The resulting project – published as the first book in the PHOTO Editions series and launching at PHOTO 2021 – is a reflection on connection, navigation and time, and the constantly evolving relationship between people and place.

Phillips’ photographs contemplate urban, domestic and psychological space. Weaving into this series are portraits of people Phillips has come across in Melbourne, capturing a living, breathing city as it responds to the fallout of bushfires and a pandemic. These disparate photographs taken across different seasons construct a dialogue between some of the city’s component parts – homes, shops, parks, streets – with archaeological objects from beneath the city, offering myriad stories to uncover and tell.

Send me a lullaby was launched at PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography, taking place in Melbourne and regional Victoria from February 18 to March 7, 2021. This book is a part of the PHOTO Editions series, which is published jointly by Perimeter Editions and Photo Australia.

About the Artist
Emma Phillips (b. 1989) is an Australian photographer and writer based in Melbourne. Her photographs have been exhibited widely and published in a variety of contexts. Most recently her exhibition “Too Much to Dream” turned its gaze toward a more speculative mode of image making, using the gap between text and image to pose questions on and about the nature of representational discourses. From 2014-2019 Emma was the photobook buyer at Perimeter Books.

About the Publishers
Perimeter Editions is the award-winning publishing imprint of Melbourne-based bookstore Perimeter Books and distribution house Perimeter Distribution. Releasing its first publication in 2012, Perimeter Editions’ focus rests on publishing autonomous books in close collaboration with photographers, artists, curators and writers. Its publications exhibit a criticality and sensitivity to content and form.

PHOTO Australia was established in 2018 by Artistic Director Elias Redstone in partnership with founding board members William Bowness AO, Mark Henry and Naomi Milgrom AC to deliver a major new photography biennial for Australia. Photo Australia supports universal access to diverse, progressive, meaningful discourse through the commissioning, presentation and promotion of new photography, art and ideas.