Manuela Furci was Rennie Ellis’ close friend of twenty years and his personal assistant for almost a decade from the early eighties. After his premature death in August 2003, Furci and Ellis’ widow, Kerry Oldfield, established the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive in April 2004 with the objective to ensure that Ellis’ photographs were made available via the release of posthumous limited edition prints, exhibitions in public and private galleries and as an educational resource for all.
Over the past 13 years, Furci has collaborated with major public galleries and museums to stage exhibitions of Ellis’ body of work, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, State Library of Victoria, National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Sydney and the Art Gallery of South Australia. Furci has also curated numerous commercial exhibitions and produced two award-winning photographic books Decade: 1970-80 and Decadent: 1980-2000. Furci continues to showcase Ellis’ photographs to ensure that his significant body of work is preserved and his legacy celebrated.