PHOTO Editions x Emma Phillips | Melbourne Book Launch

Perimeter is thrilled to announce the publication of Emma Phillips – Send me a lullaby, the first title in the PHOTO Editions series, co-published by Perimeter Editions and Photo Australia. The book will be launched as part of PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography, taking place in Melbourne and regional Victoria from February 18 to March 7, 2021.

Join publisher Dan Rule, designer Ziga Testen and artist Emma Phillips in conversation about Send me a lullaby, and the intricacies and challenges involved in its design and publication, at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) on Sunday February 28, 4pm–5pm. This is a free event, with reservations required – book here!


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.