24 Hours in the Life of Melbourne – the book

The idea of making a sunrise-to-sunrise chronicle of Melbourne was a lightbulb moment for photographer Chris Cincotta.

‘I sat up and said to my girlfriend: “I know what my next book has to be”,’ says Chris. ‘I’m going to stay awake for 24 hours, I’m going to interview as many people as I can, and I’m going to shoot as much of the city as I can in that one day.’

To know Chris Cincotta’s photography is to love it. His images, which he sells from his little kiosk on Swanston Street, celebrate Melbourne with eye-catching colour, light and line. His second beautiful hardcover book, 24 Hours in the Life of Melbourne, is now available.

To make this ambitious 24-hour project a reality, he roped in a few friends for valuable practical support – driving, coffee runs, carrying equipment, shooting video – and woke up at 4am on 6 April. Only once – at around 11.30pm – did he ask whether the whole crazy concept was a good idea or not. His mates urged him to go on.

Thank goodness they did, because 24 Hours in the Life of Melbourne is among the best books about the city we’ve seen. From a slightly overcast start at Flinders Street Station, to a golden sunrise overlooking Melbourne’s sports precinct, it captures this city brilliantly.

The book boasts stunning cityscapes and candid portraits, but Chris’ fascination with the city goes beyond the visual. He’s also written about some of the special places and people he encountered during an intense 24-hour mission to capture Melbourne’s essence.

Chris interviewed 70-plus people and took 1500 photos for this project.It’s a natural progression for a photographer with an intense passion and eye for the city. His first book, Humans in Melbourne – The Book was self-published in 2017 to great acclaim.

For three years, Chris has sold his prints from a former newsstand on the corner of Swanston and Bourke streets: they are popular souvenirs for visitors, and Melburnians love them too – both homesick expats and those who won’t be parted from their hometown.

He also does a solid trade through www.melbourneiloveyou.com, which has a massive following on social media. His Instagram account, melbourneiloveyou has 73,000 followers, while his Facebook account, Humans in Melbourne boasts almost 200,000 followers.

Read about five of Chris Cincotta’s favourite places featured in the book.