Once upon a time, hand-painted signs brought colour and vibrancy to Australian towns and cities, advertising everything from milk bars and motels, to much loved brands like Bushells, Rosella and Peter’s Ice Cream. Now faded and slowly disappearing, they tell the story of Australian life over two centuries.
A keen photographer of the everyday, Brady Michaels has recorded an impressive number of signs from across the country, over 500 of which are included in this book. Most the photos were taken on an epic 40,000 road trip around Australia.
The beautifully composed and nostalgic images in Signs of Australia are accompanied by commentary by Dale Campisi, who ponders the significance of these fading and disappearing signs — artful, kitsch, and at times hilarious — lovingly preserved through Brady’s lens.