Melbourne: Thomas Nelson, 1971. Quarto (8 ½ x 11 ¼ in.), 82 pp., color and b/w offset printed, hardcover with dust jacket. First edition. Near-fine with slight wear at top left of dust jacket.
Shot over a period of six months from 1970 to 1971, Kings Cross Sydney documents Kings Cross’ overlapping scenes of freaks, hippies, sailors, sex workers, runaways, artists, eccentrics, cranks, and Vietnam R & R servicemen. Photographed in rich detail and filled out with first person biographical statements by the subjects, Ellis and Stacey created a frank portrait of Australia’s seedy underbelly, capturing a deep range of beauty and pathos.