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The Melbourne Supremacy

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Photographer Peter Bennetts cuts out the middleman, photographing his favorite spots in his home base, Melbourne, Australia.

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  Across the Yarra River, Melbourne’s skyline has grown dramatically since the 1980s.  Photo by: Peter Bennetts
    Across the Yarra River, Melbourne’s skyline has grown dramatically since the 1980s.

    Photo by: Peter Bennetts

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  The Royal Exhibition Building, completed in 1880 for the International Exhibition, is the first World Heritage–listed building in Australia.  Photo by: Peter Bennetts
    The Royal Exhibition Building, completed in 1880 for the International Exhibition, is the first World Heritage–listed building in Australia.

    Photo by: Peter Bennetts

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  Older buildings like Manchester Unity sit comfortably beside the contemporary in the city center.  Photo by: Peter Bennetts
    Older buildings like Manchester Unity sit comfortably beside the contemporary in the city center.

    Photo by: Peter Bennetts

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  A monument to fallen soldiers, the Shrine of Remembrance is a symbolic memorial.  Photo by: Peter Bennetts
    A monument to fallen soldiers, the Shrine of Remembrance is a symbolic memorial.

    Photo by: Peter Bennetts

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  The St. Kilda Road art precinct is dominated by the brutalist National Gallery of Victoria and the landmark spire of the Arts Centre.  Photo by: Peter Bennetts
    The St. Kilda Road art precinct is dominated by the brutalist National Gallery of Victoria and the landmark spire of the Arts Centre.

    Photo by: Peter Bennetts

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  “For me, Storey Hall was the start of a new Melbourne,” says Bennetts of the building on the RMIT campus by architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall. “It broke ground [in the mid-’90s], and confident, rigorous expression has flourished ever since.”  Photo by: Peter Bennetts
    “For me, Storey Hall was the start of a new Melbourne,” says Bennetts of the building on the RMIT campus by architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall. “It broke ground [in the mid-’90s], and confident, rigorous expression has flourished ever since.”

    Photo by: Peter Bennetts

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  Centre Place, one of the many labyrinthine laneways that criss-cross the inner city, is well-traversed by pedestrians.  Photo by: Peter Bennetts
    Centre Place, one of the many labyrinthine laneways that criss-cross the inner city, is well-traversed by pedestrians.

    Photo by: Peter Bennetts

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  Another place for locals to go is Federation Square, a public gathering place.  Photo by: Peter Bennetts
    Another place for locals to go is Federation Square, a public gathering place.

    Photo by: Peter Bennetts

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  “The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art has particular significance for my wife and me because we got married there,” says Bennetts.  Photo by: Peter Bennetts
    “The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art has particular significance for my wife and me because we got married there,” says Bennetts.

    Photo by: Peter Bennetts

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  Another contemporary structure, the Melbourne Museum, is visible from the opposite side of the city.  Photo by: Peter Bennetts
    Another contemporary structure, the Melbourne Museum, is visible from the opposite side of the city.

    Photo by: Peter Bennetts

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