Whoever said Australia is only known for their cinematography was wrong. Here, a list of some of the best Australian photographers, old and new. Enjoy!
1. Ken Duncan – if you aren’t familiar with the name, you’ve probably already seen this photographer’s work, at least that is if you’ve seen the Mel Gibson movie “Passion of the Christ”, in which Duncan produced all of the still scenes. Aside from this Hollywood hit, this Australian photographer is best known for his awe-inspiring panoramic shots. Browse through his gallery of unique landscape photographs at http://www.kenduncan.com/index.php/gallery.
2. Max Dupain – the late Australian photographer Max Dupain revolutionised black and white photography from the 1930s to the 1980s. Dupain loved his native country of Australia, and devoted his life’s work to capturing its beauty, from its beaches to its cityscapes. Collectors love his iconic work because of the magnificent tones he uses, in addition to the intense Australian light.
3. Peter Dombrovskis – in 2003, Dombrovskis became the first Australian photographer to be inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame, located in Oklahoma City, United States of America. In 1996, Dombrovskis passed away doing what he loved, photographing his beloved Tasmania. Dombrovskis will be best remembered for his Tasmanian wilderness photos, which have proved instrumental in the conservation of these areas. Dombrovskis’ archives may be viewed in the Australian National Library.
4. Frank Hurley – Hurley remains one of a few Australian photographers to achieve international fame, serving as an official photographer during both World Wars. Hurley had an adventurous spirit, and was never shy to take whatever risks necessary to obtain the best shot — he one time placed himself in front of an oncoming train, just so he could capture it on film!5. Geoff Murray – born in Southern Tasmania, Murry, like Dombrovskis, is best known for his Tasmanian wilderness and landscape photography. Murray’s father was a wedding photographer, who passed his love for the art form onto his son. His biggest artistic influence however, was the late great Peter Dombrovskis.
6. David Moore – Moore briefly worked with Max Dupain before his career in photojournalism took off. His brilliant work has appeared in every publication from the The New York Times to Time Magazine. During his lifetime, Moore played a central role in the development of artistic photography.
7. Bill Henson – one of the greatest contemporary Australian photographers of the moment, Henson’s work can be described as painterly. I say “”painterly”" because of the way Henson employs the visual effects achieved by paint in his photography, including such techniques as chiaroscuro, and contrasting light and dark tones.
8. Rob Gray – another great Australian wilderness photographer to check out is Rob Gray. Gray retired from a successful 20-year career in the IT business to hit the road in a motor home, lens in hand.
9. Narelle Autio – award-winning photographer Narelle Autio studied Visual Arts at the University of South Australia. She now works as a staff photographer at the Sydney Morning Herald. She is best known for her images of Australian coastal life which have won her many awards.
10. Steve Parish – Steve Parish is another award-winning photographer. Born in England but raised in Australia, Steve Parish’s work focuses on the Australian wilderness. In addition to photography, Steve Parish is an author and also publishes nature photography books.
11. Jeff Carter – the late Jeff Carter was an esteemed Australian photographer famous for his works which focused on working, ordinary and unprivileged Australians. He had great admiration for hardworking Australians making livings for themselves in tough conditions. These people became the subjects of his photography.
12. Olive Cotton – despite having no formal training, Olive Cotton is considered to be a pioneer of Australian modernist photography. She is the photographer behind many memorable works including the Tea Cup Ballet (1935). During World War II Olive Cotton managed Max Dupain’s studio.13. Peter Jarver – Peter Jarver was a prominent Australian landscape photographer. He was best known for his photographs of lightening storms across the Northern Territory.
14. Peter Lik – Peter Lik is a self-taught landscape photographer. Peter Lik made the headlines in 2012 when one of his photographs sold for $US1 million – allegedly the highest ever achieved by an Australian photographer.15. Wolfgang Sievers – Wolfgang Sievers was a prominent Australian industrial and architectural photographer. He came to Australia as a refugee from Germany in 1948. 16. Trent Parke – Trent Parke is an Australian photographer from Newcastle. Working primarily as a street photographer, Trent Parke’s works are displayed in both private and public collections around Australia. In 2003 he travelled 90,000 km around Australia with his wife, fellow photographer Narelle Autio, and created the series and book ‘Minutes to Midnight’.
17. Jesse Marlow – Jesse Marlow is another prominent Australian street photographer. Jesse Marlow’s works are displayed in private and public collections across Australia and he has worked for both national and international publications. In 2010 he featured in the book Street Photography Now and he has won many awards, including the International Street Photography Prize in 2011.
18. Kristian Dowling – Kristian Dowling is a celebrity-entertainment photographer from Melbourne. He has worked on some big events including the Beijing Olympics, New York Fashion Week, MTV Music and Movie Awards and the Cannes Film Festival.