In Melbourne during the early nineties Hobson explored a number of historic inner city industries. These were remnants of Melbourne's industrial past, most were operating in a manner that was to be their final hour. Hoffmann Brickworks, Donaghy Ropes, Yarra Falls, Rose St Foundry, Ajax Fastners, Pentridge Prison, Hensilite Bowls and others. The resulting medium format images approximately 2,500 now represent the ghost employees who bore the heavy weight of changes to the global economy and shifting trends in industrial relations during the nineties. Hobson revisits these previously unseen images and with a unique presentation forms a new body of work for exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Photography. This new series explores the impact of these changes in the nineties, with the intent of articulating the implications of Australia's latest industrial upheaval. Hobson's work at CCP will form part of a festival of events coordinated by leading Melbourne cultural institutions to celebrate the sesquicentenary of the Eight Hour Day in Victoria in 2006.
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