RENNIE (UNBELIEVABLY GOOD) ELLIS. AUSTRALIA'S FINEST MOST PROLIFIC SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER. A SEX CRAZED MARTIN PARR AND ALL THE BETTER FOR IT! NEVER EVER HAS ANYONE MADE SUCH FINE USE OF SUNSHINE. AND THIS BOOK - DECADENT 1980-2000. JUST A COMPLETE UNABASHABLE CELEBRATION OF LIFE.
The gold standard. The 1980-2000 Decadent book. Published in 2014. Already super scarce - if for no other reason than we have bought and sold most of them :)
It is a book everyone should own. And if that is no longer possible, at least have a very good long look at the pictures.
IDEA on Instagram favourite photograph No.1.
IDEA on Instagram favourite photograph No.2. We mean, really, three cigs, a drink and the oil tucked in the tangas. Rennie Ellis makes the sun shine!
Just like this photograph too much. Pinch and zoom if looking on your phone, the girl in the dungarees cigarette isn't lit but instinctively she knows how to adopt the world weary / world wary look of the smoker.
And you know... too many easy jokes... we'd rather just marvel at the freedom of this.
Admit it. You were this young once too. And you miss it.
Second from left. Coolest person in the whole double decade book.
Correct that. Second coolest person in the whole double decade book. Like WOW! Like HOW!
Love this too but now we're just showing off about how great this book is. We have to underline the point - Rennie Ellis really was seriously good. More bikini line than front line in his dispatches, sure, but wherever there was fun in the sun, there he was in the middle of it.
The man himself. Pretty sure he'd asked her to hold his stomach in. The picture makes us smile. He didn't even take it. Surely a sign of a great, great photographer :)
OK! Let's buy it. Your new favourite book. A block of gold on the button below.
SUPERBOOKS! AWE AND THEN SOME. YOU WANT KATE WHO? WE HAVE IT. RYAN MCGINLEY SUN AND HEALTH. GOT IT. FULL RUN OF BOULEVARD? NATCH. EVERY ONE OF THESE TWELVE FEATURED BOOKS IS ONE WAY OR ANOTHER TOTALLY WORLD CLASS!
Probably is the best selection of books at any one time in any one place in the whole history of the world. Click through. There are hundreds more.
This week the IDEA Instagram account @idea.ltd will be donating 10% of all books sold on the InstaShop to a new UK fund called OCAAT (One Case At A Time). The fund seeks to facilitate legal funding and representation in cases of injustice for Black people in the UK.
IDEA will also use the swipe up feature on Instagram stories to link to petitions we have signed and causes including Black Lives Matter and Black Visions Collective to whom we have made donations. If you have the means and want to show support to OCAAT now, be our guest and hit up the button below.