Andrew Quilty


Photo: @dean_sewell for @everydayaustralia

Everyday Australia on Instagram

I’m pleased to announce the beginning of a new offering in the wonderful Everyday projects on Instagram. A small handful of Australia’s best Instagramers are now contributing to @everydayaustralia. So far, contributors include myself, Dean Sewell, Raphaela Rosella, Michael Wilson, Brian Cassey and Simone…

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Another trip to Kalinga over and done and a spectacular electrical storm to send us off. Also the end of my week posting for @newyorkerphoto. Andrew Quilty / Oculi for @newyorkerphoto. 29.12.2014.

Instagramming for The New Yorker

What an opportunity it was to take over The New Yorker photo department’s Instagram feed for a week while I was home in Australia over the summer. Check out their feed via Instagram – @newyorkerphoto – for many more great…

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Photo: Ismail Ferdous

Out of The Box on Fbi Radio

It was a real thrill to be given an hour with Ash Berdebes on Sydney’s Fbi radio to discuss work and life and to play a handful of songs with stories behind them from recent years. To hear the hour…

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2 days after 2 landslides buried an estimated 2000 residents of Abi Barak in the Argo district of the mountainous northeastern state of Badakhshan under hundreds of feet of mud. The first landslide buried some 300 homes and those who had been inside or on the streets at the time as well as those attending a wedding party. The second landslide struck as villagers attempted to rescue those trapped - digging with shovels and their bare hands. When food cooked in several giant cooking pans was served, chaos ensued as villagers struggled to fill their plates and conatiners. Monday 5 May, 2014. Photo by Andrew Quilty / Oculi for TIME.

2014 Nikon Walkley Photographer of the Year

It was an incredible honor to be named the 2014 Nikon Walkley Photographer of the Year on top of being awarded with Photo of the Year as well. To see a gallery of all winning photos in all categories, CLICK HERE.

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2014 Nikon Walkley Photo of The Year

An image of mine from a hospital in Helmand Province, Afghanistan was named 2014 Nikon Walkley Photograph of the Year. To learn more about the image and the winners in other categories CLICK HERE.

Named in Huff. Post Must-Follow Instagramer List

Along with some of the most respected names, not only on Instagram but in photojournalism, I was named amongst 26 that The Huffington Post claim “will change your world view”. Names on the list include Adam Ferguson, Donald Webber, Ed Ou and Lynsey…

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Visa Pour L’Image: Perpignan

A selection of my work commissioned by TIME Magazine, from the landslide that devastated a small village in rural Badakhshan in northern Afghanistan, was screened at the Visa Pour L’Image Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan. To see the 2014 schedule…

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Rioters behind a police blockade protecting the North Cronulla surf club where young men who had been attacked had been taken to safety on a the day that racial riots broke out in the suburb. 11 December 2005. Photo by Andrew Quilty / Oculi.

Cronulla Revisited

It’s been nearly ten years since what became known as the Cronulla riots broke out on a sweltering summer’s day in Sydney’s south. Some will ask “why revisit it”? SBS has produced an extraordinary interactive website that answers that question…

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Andrew Quilty / Oculi for The Sydney Morning Herald

Interview with Sunrise Program from Iraq

An interview with Network 7’s Sunrise program in Australia, regarding covering the refugee crisis as it unfolds in northern Iraq. To see the interview and a selection of work from the days prior to the interview CLICK HERE.

Sydney Writer’s Festival Appearance

I’ll be speaking alongside an intimidatingly adept couple of journalists in a session at The Sydney Writer’s Festival tomorrow. In a discussion with Triple J’s Tom Tilley, we’ll be discussing experiences covering recent news events – the stories behind the…

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Darul Aman Palace, Kabul. Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Learning to Love Instagram

TIME Magazine’s photo blog LightBox featured a selection of my Instagram images alongside an interview we did on the subject. It’s never a bad idea to do a bit of reflecting on your own work I find and thinking about what exactly Instagram…

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Proof: Photo Essays from The Top End

In early May, the Northern Territory’s Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA) will unveil a tribute to photojournalists working in the Top End of Australia and the broader region beyond. The work of several of Australia’s leading practitioners will be…

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Group Show in Sydney: Mira Cuba

If you’re in Sydney on Thursday the 13th of February, I hope you’ll make it along to the opening of Mira Cuba,  an exhibition of photographs from (surprise, surprise) Cuba. Other photographers whose work will be on show include Alex Webb…

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14 Photojournalists on Instagram: Mashable

British-American news, tech and social media website, Mashable has published a list of “14 Instagram Photojournalists Who Will Open Your Eyes To The World“. While I doubt many of those listed would refer to themselves as “Instagram photojournalists”, it’s certainly a concise…

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A Sunday barbeque for all the family. Punchbowl, Sydney. September 2013. Andrew Quilty / Oculi for SBS

Punchbowl Exhibition Opens

Last night, the project that I’ve been working on over the past 3 months with Journalist Jackie Dent for SBS, opened at Bankstown Arts Centre in western Sydney. The opening was attended by many of the subjects of the stories…

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The Heart of Punchbowl

After spending the past couple of months photographing the western Sydney suburb of Punchbowl, I’m thrilled to announce the exhibition in which all the work will culminate – The Heart of Punchbowl. Australia’s most delightfully wacky journalist, Jackie Dent, and I…

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#SANDY: Book Launch

The launch of the much anticipated #SANDY book is to take place a year and one week after the event that the fundraising effort and subsequent book were the result of – Hurricane Sandy. On November 4 between 6 and…

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SANDY: One year on

On October 28 – one year to the day since Hurricane Sandy hit the the east coast of the United States, The Museum of The City of New York, in conjunction with the International Centre of Photography, will open Rising Waters –…

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The Other 100

A series of images of mine from a 2012 trip to Fiji to explore life under the rule of so-called dictator, Frank Bainimarama was selected to feature in an inaugural publication – The Other Hundred. Images from Wilcania by fellow…

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Photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Killarney Life

My home away from home away from home – Killarney – featured twice in this year’s Sydney Life photographic competition and public exhibition. As well as a photograph of mine, of my Uncle Mark, who found the harbourside property on…

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Photo: Chris Ozer

Rising Waters Exhibition with Intl. Center of Photography

Photographs from Hurricane Sandy of mine and fellow Oculi member, David Maurice Smith will be among those exhibited by The International Centre of Photography on Governor’s Island in New York in the lead up to the storm’s one year anniversary….

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Photo: Ben Lowy

#Sandy: The Book

In the lead up to the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy which devastated the coastal areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on October 29, 2012, Wyatt Gallery, New York with Daylight Books is publishing a book of Instagram…

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Foto Riesel Leica Gallery Launch in Sydney

Two images of mine have been included in the inaugural exhibition at Foto Riesel‘s Photographer’s Gallery, sponsored by Leica, which launched tonight in Sydney. The exhibition features the work of eight Australian photographers whose use of Leica cameras sees their work brought together…

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Hikari Oyama, 8, plays with bubbles, after she and her grandmother payed their respects at the memorial to victims of the last year’s tsunami at the Okawa Elementary School, where 74 children were killed and 4 are still missing, on March 11, 2012 near Ishinomaki, Japan.’

Reportage Censored

After the fiasco surrounding Destination NSW’ decision to ban numerous works from public view during the recent Reportage Festival, its organisers have regrouped and installed an exhibition of many of the banned images in one of Sydney’s premier public spaces…

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Interview for Le Journal de La Photographie

In the lead up to the recent Reportage Festival, Alison Stieven-Taylor and I spoke about the importance of a reputable festival director and other things. CLICK HERE to see the article published recently in the French Le Journal de La Photographie.

Composite photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Project Palisade

After a few years abandoned to the annals of memory, the Palisade Hotel at the top of Miller’s Point was brought back to life with the installation of an unauthorised exhibition of photographs from the surrounding streets. Also responsible for…

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Countrymen reunited for ceremony on Mornington Island. 1978. Photo © Juno Gemes

Picturing Compassion

It will be a great honor to be exhibited alongside some of Australia’s great photographers of reality from the modern era in an exhibition to be held in conjunction with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama’s upcoming visit to Australia. Tim Page,…

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Oculi & Semi Permanent

This Wednesday at 2PM members of Oculi will be speaking on the subject “Objective/Subjective” at The Museum of Contemporary Art in a special event organised by Semi-Permanent. The event is free but bookings are essential as seats are limited. Come…

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Semi-Permanent Sydney

Alongside other photographers like Francesco Zizola and Max Doyle and other from the publishing, film and design industries, I’ll be speaking at Semi-Permanent in Sydney on Friday the 24th May. The Creative conference that has been running more than ten…

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Australian Artist’s: An exhibition of Portraits

An exhibition of portraits that I’ve shot over recent years for publications including Art & Australia, The Good Weekend, The Australian Financial Review Magazine and Artist Profile opens at Maunsell Wickes Gallery in Paddington, Sydney on Saturday, May 18 at 4pm….

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Photo © Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Oculi: Home. An Interactive Exhibition & book

In conjunction with Reportage, later this month Oculi will be holding an exhibition with a twist and launching their latest book, Home. In collaboration with Blurb books and Epson, Oculi is giving visitors to the exhibition the opportunity to create their…

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10×8 Gallery Launch

Sydney can often seem a nuclear wasteland when it comes to serious photographic galleries. 10×8 Gallery, launching publicly in Surry Hills on Saturday the 13th April will lead the way in revitalising, in particular, the oft-neglected genre of reportage photography….

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Smartphone Journalism

The rise of smartphone apps like Instagram and Twitter have attracted passionate debate from within the journalism community. On the 18th of April in New York City, I will be sitting on a panel discussing the topic with Genevieve Belmaker, contributing editor…

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Photo © Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Conductor’s Project – Sydney

Until the 6th of April some of my work will be the featured in two Sydney Railway Stations – Museum and St. James’ for the Conductor’s Project. This follows on from last year’s Elizabeth Street Gallery in that it brings imagery back…

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Walkabout #19 by Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Verve Photo

Geoffrey Hillier of the Verve Photo blog asked for a bit of insight into a picture of mine that won a World Press Photo Award in 2007. The post went up today if you’d like to know a little bit…

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L.E.S, Manhattan © Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Street Shots / NYC. Exhibition

A photograph of mine taken on The Lower East Side in 2010 has been selected in the Museum of The City of New York’s upcoming street photography exhibition, Street Shots / NYC. The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday the 16th…

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Capture Magazine Annual

In the current issue of Capture Magazine, I was asked a few questions on the current state of the editorial photography industry by Helane Steinmuller. An image from a recent assignment in Tuvalu was also used in the feature.

SMH Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Elizabeth Street Gallery in The Sydney Morning Herald

The Elizabeth Street Gallery has been picked up again. This time by Leesha McKenny from The Sydney Morning Herald. The article which includes quotes from one of Elizabeth Street’s instigators, Dean Sewell and a Sydney City Council spokeswoman, has even caught the…

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Photo Finish on ABC iView

It’s been a while since it screened on ABC1 but here’s a link to the episode of the reality photography show, Photo Finish for which I was a guest judge.

Photo © Andrew Quilty / Oculi

On the wall

I had the pleasure of hanging a massive 2.2m framed panoramic print from my series on the aftermath of The 2009 Victorian Bush Fires in its new home on the day before I took off for The US, last week….

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Photo © Andrew Quilty / Oculi.

A move to New York City

I’ve finally done it. Moved my act to New York City, that is. Although I will still be available for assignments in Australia and the region, I will now be basing out of New York. For the time being I’m…

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The Making of The Elizabeth Street Gallery

Plenty of time and inhaled glue fumes went into creating The Elizabeth Street Gallery. Here’s a little behind the scenes view by Jake Lloyd Jones who stumbled upon us having commandeered an underground parking lot in Redfern which we used…

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Photo: Dom Lorrimer

Interview on Radio National’s Weekend Arts Program

Following the installation of The Elizabeth Street Gallery, Dean Sewell and I were interviewed by Radio National’s Sarah Kanowski on The Weekend Art’s program. Click here to here the full interview. Also, on The Sydney Morning Herald website, there is…

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‘Unauthorised’ Elizabeth Street Gallery is here to stay!

After weeks of planning the Elizabeth Street Gallery is up and it looks as though it’s here to stay. The public exhibition of photographs by Dean Sewell, James Brickwood, Nic Walker, James ‘Blondie’ Alcock, George Voulgaropoulos and myself which went…

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Raw Ink Opener


A very flattering profile in the lead-up to Semi-Permanent Brisbane from Raw Ink Magazine – a free online magazine written and created by Roxy Coppen, Ruth Dunn and Liana Turner. It covers stories and events from the Brisbane / Gold Coast…

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A new era for Oculi

Today marks the first day in a new era of Australia’s premier photographic collective, Oculi. OUR NEW WEBSITE IS LIVE and coincides with an open call for submissions for new membership.



Having photographed the massive Semi-Permanent creative conference in Sydney recently it looks as though the tables have turned. I’ll be speaking myself at the upcoming event in Brisbane on August 30 along with a bunch of pretty damn talented people…

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Photo Finish on ABC tonight

ABC’s photographic competition / reality show premieres tonight at 8pm. The programme pits three young amateur photographers against each other as they compete for the best image for a brief undertaken in a given photographic genre. Tonight, Gary Heery is…

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Cloudbreak for a day

Don’t ask me how but I found myself aboard the competitors boat at The Volcom Fiji Pro – a World Championship Tour surf contest at Cloudbreak, off the coast of Fiji yesterday. Here are a couple of screamers from a…

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That Nikon Guy Interview

Matt Grainger AKA, That Nikon Guy interviewed me a few weeks back for his online photography forum Inside The Photographer’s Studio. To see the 3-part interview click here.


Blue Highways to screen at ‘The Creative Exchange’ Slidenight this Thursday.

An extended version of my recent exhibition, Blue Highways will feature in a slide night – The Creative Exchange – at The MEAA in Redfern this Thursday night. Also on show will be the work of David Maurice Smith, Garry…

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'Black Gloves & Cigarettes' © Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Radio National Interview

I couldn’t have asked for a better radio network to discuss my new exhibition, Blue Highways, USA (Part 1) on than Radio National. To hear my chat with Weekend Arts’, Sarah Kanowski CLICK HERE.  

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Head On Seminars

This weekend The Bondi Pavilion will host a series of seminars headlined by one of the legends of colour photography, David Alan Harvey. Warming up the mic before David, myself, Cameron Gray from The Pool Collective and Siberian-based, Valeriy Klamm will…

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Sneak peak – Blue Highways in AFR

A small selection of images from my exhibition, Blue Highways (opening next week) appeared in The AFR Arts pages last weekend.

Manly Beach. 3 April 2012. Photo by Andrew Quilty for Sprout Daily.


As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m filling in for Murray Fraser from Sprout Daily – Manly Beach’s surf blog – while he’s away on a surf trip himself. This morning’s beautiful light on the coast made for some nice opportunities as…

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Next week I’ll be standing in as guest photographer for Manly Beach’s own Sprout Daily website and blog when Mr Sprout, Murray Fraser step’s across the Tasman for a couple of weeks of road-tripping in NZ. Everyday, Sprout sends out…

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thousand words group show

  A favorite picture of mine will be exhibited as part of a group show curated by aMBUSH Gallery. Ten photographers including photojournalist, Steven Dupont and commercial photographer, Toby Burrows have been invited to submit a single thought-provoking image, accompanied by 100…

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Myself, Jesse Marlow and Donna Bailey will be giving a floor-talk at Oculi’s exhibition Terra Australis Incognita at The Monash Gallery of Art in Victoria tomorrow (Saturday the 18th) at 2pm. Entry is free. For more information click here.

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Oculi Exhibition travels to Monash

Oculi’s ten year retrospective exhibition opens this Saturday the 4th February at The Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria. The show will be opened by eminent Australian photojournalist, Michael Coyne at 3pm. The show runs until March 25. Myself and other…

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Profile in Australian Art Review

A nice little profile by Ben Garrard on yours truly in the latest issue of Australian Art Review.


Outpost – Art From The Streets

A series of my composite photographs from the sight of The Outpost street art festival can be seen on the Outpost website. Opening this Friday on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, the festival runs between November 4 – December 11….

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A girl sits on a park bench in Hyde Park before Sydney Life opens for Art and About.

Art & About /// Sydney /// 2011

Art & About is in full swing with the launch tonight in Martin Place. I’ve been shooting some of the artworks and installations for The City of Sydney and there’s plenty more to be seen on my Google+ page. I’ll…

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Street scene in Tlaltenango,Jalisco, Mexico

REMINDER – AGNSW Talk next Wednesday

Just a quick reminder that I’m giving a bit of a talk for the My Favourite Things lecture series at The Art Gallery of NSW next Wednesday the 21st. Kick off is at 6.30pm and tickets can be purchased through…

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My Favorite Things lecture at The AGNSW

I’ll be doing a very self-indulgent talk at The AGNSW on Wednesday 21 September as a part of the My Favorite Things lecture series. Others to have spoken at My Favorite Things include Trent Parke, Bill Henson, Tamara Dean while…

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Wet concrete installation using coins.

Free Money

After waiting patiently for the council to pour the concrete in the hole in the footpath outside home I was pleasantly woken to the concrete truck outside my window this morning. I spent a good $6 on this. Kinda looks…

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Otherwise Projections

One of my greatest confidents when it comes to honest appraisal of photographic ability is Isabelle Rouvillois. The French expat has brought her unusually critical eyes to Australia in recent years after previously working as a photographer for Greenpeace International…

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Sydney artist, Paul Davies invited me to contribute to an exhibition titled, ‘Self Portrait’ which he has curated. The show which features artists including Davies himself, Mark Whalen, Alan Jones, Ben Ali-Ong and Louisa Dawson opens this friday night at…

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Tristan McCaffery surfs a reef break on The NSW South Coast breaks as a bird watches on in the background.


The guys at COASTALWATCH have featured my slideshow – A Decade of Waves – along with bit of Q and A about, amongst other things, some of my favourite photographs in the slideshow and the stories behind them. Click on…

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Oculi, the collective of Australian photographers of which I’m a member is represented in Europe by the Paris-based, Agence Vu. My series, The Mexicans, is now live on Vu’s site here.



The Mexicans is being stocked and very well supported by Kinokuniya Bookstore in The Galleries Victoria, Sydney and is featured here in their e-newsletter.



Well after a fantastic exhibition opening and book launch I’m now proud to say that my first book – The Mexicans – is available for purchase online. Click here to purchase a book and to choose your giant, A1-sized poster…

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Video interview for ‘Exposure Pro’

Here’s an interview and profile I did with Lexy Savvides of FBI Radio-fame, for cnet Australia’s ‘Exposure Pro’ – a forum for photographers on photographers.


Book goes to print with no time to spare!

I was given a crash course in offset printing today by the guys at A1 Printmaster today as I ticked off each section of my book that will be launched in conjunction with my exhibition, The Mexicans on Tuesday next…

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50 Year Anniversary of TAFE Photography School Exhibition

It was quite humbling to be exhibited amongst some of Sydney’s great photographers of the passed 50 years in an exhibition marking 50 years of Photography at The Sydney Institute of TAFE at Ultimo. The Captured exhibition opened tonight in…

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Lifelounge feature

Nice little feature of my work on Lifelounge today.

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Printing underway for exhibition

Less than two months to go until my Mexicans show and all is seemingly running to plan. Clockwise from top left: 5 rolls of Hahnemuhle 308 for the show;  Peter Lang from Foto Riesel’s Pro Imaging Centre, Sydney – hard at…

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‘Mexicans’ Book & Exhibition sneak peak

Just a little teaser from my upcoming solo exhibition and first book – Mexicans. The work is from a road trip I made through 22 states of Mexico over four months just over a year ago. Above is one spread…

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Oculi group show, ‘Terra Australis Incognita’, opens at The La Trobe Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo!!

A quick roadtrip over the weekend took me to the opening of Oculi’s 10 year retrospective exhibition in Bendigo in regional Victoria. Running until February 13 this is the show’s 2nd stop on a national tour. If you happen to be in…

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New York Times Assignment

First assignment for The New York Times!

It was an early Christmas present when an assignment from the New York Times found its way into my inbox late in December – A travel piece on Sydney’s convict past that took me to Cockatoo Island and Wiseman’s Ferry…

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‘RIDE’ – Exhibition in conjunction with The Sydney Bicycle Film Festival

Opening night for the side-bar exhibition running in conjunction with the Sydney Bicycle Film Festival this Thursday night in Darlinghurst. Myself and 19 others were commissioned to customize the life-sized wooden bicycles with which we were provided… Here’s one interpretation…

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Dog Fight in Kabul: Roads & Kingdoms

Photographs from my series on the fighting dogs of Kabul were published alongside a Q & A by the wonderful Roads & Kingdoms. To see them both CLICK HERE. 

Family members and Vian Dakhil (centre), the Iraqi Parliament's only female Yazidi representative, pack plastic bags full of clothes and other items which they would distribute the following day to Yazidi refugees in the north of the country around the cities of Duhok and Zakho. The handouts were purchased and compiled by the Dakhil family from their own pockets and distributed similarly. 25 October 2014. Andrew Quilty / Oculi for Marie Claire.

Vian Dakhil: Iraq’s Only Female Yazidi MP: The Observer

The story, Abigail Haworth and I worked on for Marie Claire was re-written and illustrated with unpublished images for The Observer Magazine. To see the story in full CLICK HERE.

Sydney’s Most Notorious Housing Block: The Australian Magazine

The Australian‘s crime reporter, Dan Box spent a week inside McKell House to find out more about the residents of a building made infamous after the stabbing murder of Daniel McNulty in August 2014. I was commissioned to illustrate Dan’s…

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Girls ares seen as silhouettes behind a sheet dividing boys from girls in a school in the Gualn Refugee Camp for North Waziristani refugees. The school is run by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) which currently has approx. 2,000 children from the camp enrolled. These boys are among the thousands that fled North Wazristan in June when the Pakistani Military began an offensive against insurgent groups such as the Taliban in the western tribal areas of teh country after several, high profile attacks on Pakistani soil.

Living in a Minefield. The Guardian

Images from Gulan Refugee camp in Khost Province, Afghanistan accompanied May Jeong’s piece on the plight of the people forced to flee their homes in neighbouring Waziristan. To see the piece as published by The Guardian, CLICK HERE.

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Life on Death Row. An Essay for The Saturday Paper

An essay I wrote regarding the day I spent inside Kerobokan Prison in Bali with Australian death row inmates, Myuran sukumaran and Andrew Chan was published in The Saturday Paper. To read the piece in full, as published by The Saturday…

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Australian artist, Ben Quilty tutors Australian death row prison inmate, Myuran Sukumaran as he paints a prison guard who came to the prison on his day off to undertake Ben and Myuran's drawing class in the art studio that Sukumaran founded in Kerobakan Prison in Bali, Indonesia. Quilty first visited Sukumaran in late 2011 or early 2012 (Quilty can't remember exactly) and has been back six times since to continue to teach Sukumaran to draw and paint in prison. The two have become close friends in that time as well. Sukumaran was sentenced to death after his part in the so-called Bali 9 drug bust which saw him, fellow death row inmate, Andrew Chan, and seven other Australians caught at Denpasar Airport attempting to smuggle heroin to Australia. In the last week Sukumaran's final plee for mercy, via Presidential clemency, was rejected by Indonesia's new president, Joko Widodo. Photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi for The Australian Magazine.

Death Row in Bali for The Australian

It was a humbling experience to have the opportunity to meet Australian death row inmates, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan in Kerobokan Prison in Bali. An image from the visit with my cousin, the artist, Ben Quilty, appeared on the…

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Vian Dakhil: The Most Wanted Woman in Iraq for Marie Claire

Myself and Marie Claire’s Chief International Correspondent, Abigail Haworth profiled the woman who brought the world’s attention to the plight of the Yazidi people of north western Iraq after they were chased from their homes and besieged on nearby Mount…

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The Great Australian Race Riot

For something a little different, I contributed to an SBS series which looks at Australia’s history of race riots. I was tasked with photographing actors “rioting” in a studio on a green screen. The images were then rendered into into…

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Love Crimes from Kabul for Harper’s Magazine

CLICK HERE to read Jen Percy’s harrowing piece commissioned by Harper’s Magazine on some of modern Afghanistan’s female domestic victims, with accompanying images I was given the opportunity to take in one of Kabul’s women’s shelters.

Ben holds a portrait drawn by his son, Joe. Australian artist, Ben Quilty in Paris during a three month period in which time he had the use of a studio - granted through residency program - in Montematre, Paris. Photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Ben Quilty in Paris for The Guardian

While catching my breath after a busy few months elsewhere, I was able to spend a lot of time with my cousin Ben, who was doing an artist’s residency in Paris, along with his family. What resulted was a short…

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A de-miner from the NGO, Halo Trust works at a site in the Gulan refugee camp in Khost Province, Afghanistan. Halo Trust is one of the organisations responsible for the process which began after anti-tank mines and unexploded ordinance was discovered on the camp site after it was established in June 2014. So far 8 anti-tank mines have been detected and detonated.

Finding Refuge on a Minefield for Foreign Policy

A series of photographs and a text commissioned by Foreign Policy about a refugee camp that has sprung up on the Afghan side of the border with Pakistan after thousands of Pakistanis were displaced by a military offensive against Pakistani Taliban hideouts….

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Portrait of Waed, a Syrian Refugee, for Mother Jones

I had a truly humbling experience meeting and photographing 28 year old Syrian refugee, Waed, who had just been granted asylum in France and who was the subject of an incredible story by Shane Bauer. To read the article in full…

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Front Seat to War for Foreign Policy

A series of images from the Turkish side of the border with Syria, documenting the Kurds who watched their city come under attack from Islamic State militants for weeks from the other side of the border where many had fled…

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Caskets holding the martyred bodies of four female, Kurdish YPG (People's Protection Units) fighters are carried from a hospital in Suruc, near the Turkish border with Syria to a cemetery where they will be buried alongside other YPG fighters. The four women are among the many killed in the Kurd's battle to save the city of Kobani, on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, some 3 miles south of Suruc. Kobani has been under attck from militants of the Islamic State (IS) for nearly four weeks now. In that time as many as 200,000 are reported to have fled across the border into Turkey. In the past week, however, the border has been closed by Turkey trapping civilians and fighters inside Kobani and thwarting those wanting to get in to assist in the fight. 14 October 2014. Credit: Andrew Quilty for The Wall Street Journal.

Kurdish Women Fighting and Dying for Kobani

A number of pictures from my time on assignment for The Wall Street Journal on the Turkey/Syria border were published. CLICK HERE to see one such image and accompanying story.

The Battle for Kobani for The Sydney Morning Herald

An image of mine taken on the Turkish side of the border with Syria (and Kobani) ran off the front page of The Sydney Morning Herald.

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The Women of Kobani

A series of portraits taken inside a newly erected refugee camp in the Turkish town of Suruc, 5km from the border with Syria and the besieged city of Kobani. The women have all left husbands, brothers and sons in Kobani…

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On the Turkey/Syria Border for Foreign Policy

CLICK HERE to see a series of images and a report from the Turkish side of the border with Syria, where tens of thousands have fled from the Syrian city of Kobani and its surrounds.

Living in Afghanistan: An Essay for Broadsheet

An essay I was commissioned to write by Broadsheet in Australia was published in their most recent print issue along with a selection of pictures from my time in Afghanistan. The full article and a slideshow can be seen if…

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Longgrassers, Robert and Sandy by the fire in the dry bed of the katherine river in Katherine, NT. Image for documentary on "Long Grassers". Photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi / SBS

Death of a Fringe Dweller: SBS

Inspired by the stories I’d heard from my cousin Simon Quilty – a physician at Katherine Hospital in Australia’s Northern Territory – I spent a week with some of the town’s homeless – the Long Grassers. To see the seven…

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Rolling Stone Double Page

One of the many photographs from my wanderings of an afternoon in Kabul saw the full light of day when published as the opening spread to a story by Matthieu Aikins called “Last Tango in Kabul” in the September 2014…

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Female Peshmerga Fighters

Good friend, Francesca Recchia and I spent a day with the all women’s unit of the Kurdish Peshmerga at their base in Sulaymaniyah in southern Kurdistan. The resulting story was published by Daily Life in Australia and Bild am Sonntag in Germany….

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Kurdish soldiers advance on ISIS after re-taking Mosul Dam from them overnight. 19 August 2014. Andrew Quilty / Oculi for Foreign Policy.

Iraq takes Mosul Dam back from ISIS: Foreign Policy

On a jubilant day for Iraqis and Kurds alike, the strategically vital Mosul Dam was taken back from Jihadists from the Islamic State who had controlled it for weeks prior. My story and accompanying slideshow can be seen on the Foreign…

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The Soldiers of Sinjar: Foreign Policy

After crossing the border from Iraqi Kurdistan into Syrian Kurdistan, I photographed a rag-tag unit of volunteer Yazidi fighters who had joined a training camp in the hope of seeking revenge against ISIS after they were chased from their villages…

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Iraq & First Commission for Foreign Policy

In what I hope will be a wonderful ongoing partnership, I was recently commissioned for my first assignment for Foreign Policy. My first report came from the Iraqi side of its border with Syria where an extended Yazidi family had…

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A worker for the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) monitored ballot boxes going to be audited at the IEC this afternoon as the audit of over 22,000 boxes of ballots continued. 7 August 2014. Andrew Quilty for The New York Times.

Afghan Election Audit cont. for The New York Times

Along with veteran Afghanistan reporter, Carlotta Gall, I covered the Afghan Presidential Election audit that continued long after the original inauguration date had passed. Images from the hangers where the ballots were painstakingly scrutinised were published alongside a number of…

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Page One The New York Times

Following the shooting death of Major General Harold J. Green by an Afghan soldier, an image taken near the scene of the ‘green on blue’ attack that afternoon illustrated Matthew Rosenberg’s story from Kabul. CLICK HERE for the full story.

Some of the 706 ballot boxes collected from across Paktia Province were unloaded from several trucks on to waiting chinook helicopters at the Afghan National Army’s Forward Operating Base (FOB) Thunder in Paktia Province’s capital, Gardez. Transportation all the way to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in Kabul was monitored by observers from each of the two presidential candidate’s camps - five from Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s and five from Ashraf Ghani’s. A representative of the IEC was also present throughout. The transportation process was under heavy security due to the sensitive nature of the cargo.

Following the runoff election of June 14, disputes between Afghanistan’s Presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani and the ensuing agreement brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry during his recent visit to the Afghan capital, Kabul, ballot boxes from across Afghanistan are being collected and transported to Kabul where 100% are being audited by the IEC and international observers. The audit was agreed upon after both candidates accused the other of fraud. Dr. Abdullah was most vehement in his accusations and had initially threatened to reject preliminary election results that favored Ghani and form a parallel Afghan government. 22 July 2014. Photo: Andrew Quilty for The New York Times.

Afghan Ballots Gathered from Across Country for The New York Times.

I was fortunate enough to witness a tiny fraction of the monumental task of gathering all 8 million ballots cast in the Afghan Presidential Election. The ballots were collected and transported to Kabul where all of them would then be…

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First time in Newsweek

Newsweek, like TIME Magazine was one of the few magazines that, as a young photographer, I’d always looked upon as the bastions of great photojournalism. After my two weeks in northern Iraq recently, Newsweek selected two of my images to illustrate their…

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TIME Pictures of the Week

A photograph from my time in northern Iraq recently was included in TIME Magazine’s Pictures of the Week. CLICK HERE to see the rest of the pictures of the week. 2.7.2014

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Iraq for The Sydney Morning Herald

Foreign editorial assignments are rare nowadays, so working with The Sydney Morning Herald’s Middle East correspondent Ruth Pollard on the developing situation in Iraq and Kurdistan was quite a privilege. The Herald ran with us off the front on the…

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Afghanistan’s Romeo & Juliet

The story of Zakia and Mohammad Ali has been keenly followed by readers of The New York Times since they were first written about by Rod Nordland in April this year. The couple are in love but due to their…

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Beauty Parlour for Syrian Refugees

Seems a strangely up-beat story for such a region, especially in the light of what has happened nearby in the past couple of days with Sunni extremists under the banner of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) across…

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TIME Double-Double Truck.

Two images shot while on two separate commissions for TIME were published in the May 19, 2014 issue. The first was from the devastating landslide in northern Afghanistan while the second was from 18 months ago following Hurricane Sandy on…

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The Smiler

A portrait of the former Chief Justice of Australia, Murray Gleeson that I shot in his chambers in the High Court in Canberra a few years ago features on the cover of Gleeson’s recently released biography by Michael Pelly. The…

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Burying The Taliban

A photo essay on the men whose job it is to bury Taliban members killed in attacks in and around Kabul was published in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Melbourne Age this past weekend. To see the series and a short written…

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Mohamed Younas says "all of the candidates' hands are dirty with the blood of the people".

Between Two Votes in Afghanistan

A nice wander in the afternoon recently netted a few portraits that were used alongside a story written by fellow Australian, Catherine James on Afghans’ thoughts on the upcoming (but yet to be confirmed) second round run-off vote for the…

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A Right of Passage for Photogs in Afghanistan

Claire Stewart and I stumbled on the makeshift internally displaced people’s camp on the edge of Herat in the depths of winter recently, and spent some time with it’s unfortunate inhabitants. We were fortunate enough to have Afghan Scene Magazine…

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Sydney for The New York Times

An amazing layout for the work I did to accompany Tony Perrottet’s story on Sydney, beyond (and including) its famous beaches. The New York Times rarely fails photographers or it’s readers when it comes to the importance placed on the…

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Cricket in Afghanistan: The Good Weekend

One of the stories that Claire Stewart and I looked into on our time in Afghanistan recently was the role that cricket and the country’s national team is playing in the beleaguered renaissance. The story was published in The Good…

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Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Guardian Oz today: A Grieving Village in Northern Lebanon

In September 2013, a boat full of residents from the village of Qabaait in Northern Lebanon departed the shores of Indonesia in search of a better life in Australia. They had travelled by land and air at great cost to…

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Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Canadian Business from Afghanistan

A story I worked on about private security firms working in conflicts zones was published in Canadian Business Magazine. This was the opener to the piece. 3.3.2014

Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Macleans Magazine in Afghanistan

For my first ever commission in Afghanistan, I had the great pleasure of photographing the author of a new book The Dogs Are Eating Them Now, the Canadian Graeme Smith. Graeme’s spent more years than most foreign journalists in parts of…

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Neue Burcher Zeitung

A photograph from the streets of the western Sydney suburb of Cabramatta appeared on the front page of Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Cabramatta is home to a large proportion of asian and particularly Vietnamese immigrants. The image illustrates a story…

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Andrew Quilty / Oculi

First Dispatch from Afghanistan

The first story that Claire Stewart and I began work on when we arrived in Kabul in Early December was about an altogether inspiring group of young Afghans who make up the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM). The school…

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The Monthly, December 2013. Photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi

The Monthly

It was only with a single picture but having one of mine illustrate an essay by one of Australia’s most celebrated authors, Tim Winton, was certainly something I’d always hoped for. For it to have occurred in arguably Australia’s best…

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Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Stormy Manly Ferry ride in The SMH.

Having seen a photo by Nick Moir on my Instagram feed early on Tuesday this week – of a wave crashing over the bow of the Manly Ferry – I thought it’d make a nice excursion for Adam Ferguson and I…

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TIME Magazine: Double Truck

On October 17, the day NSW’s bushfire season began with temperatures in the mid-30’s, strong westerly winds and humidity in the single figures, I’d begun the day in Sydney’s western suburbs, working on an ongoing assignment before a meeting in…

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The Guardian

Oliver Laughland and I travelled to the Blue Mountains in the aftermath of a brutal start to the fire season. Our work was published in The Guardian’s print edition (pictured) and an extended version of the story online. CLICK HERE to…

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Andrew Quilty / Oculi for The Guardian

NSW Bushfires for The Guardian

With the bushfire threat in the Blue Mountains – to the west of Sydney – having dissipated from the week prior, I travelled to the Blue Mountains with journalist Oliver Laughland, for The Guardian, to look into the mop-up of…

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Air Pressue – for The New York Times

The print edition of The New York Times included an incredible spread of photographs of mine from a recent assignment in the New Zealand snowfields with Times reporter, Joe Drape. There’s still nothing quite like seeing your own pictures in newsprint….

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The half pipe at Cardrona, NZ. Photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi for The New York Times

US Snowboard team in NZ for The New York Times

A recent trip to the south island of New Zealand to hang out with the US Snowboard team was the subject of a story that Joe Drape and I worked on and which was published today in The New York…

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Immigration and Sydney’s realationship with the ocean for GEO

A story I photographed for GEO France was published this week. The story – albeit in French – looks at Sydney’s immigrant history and how that – and the fact that the ocean has often played a central role in…

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AFR Magazine Cover

A portrait I shot last month in New York City, of Australian ex-pat advertising guru and founder of Droga5 – David Droga – appeared on the cover of the October issue of The AFR Magazine, out today. CLICK HERE for high resolution PDF

Prince Leonard: The Australian Magazine

A portrait I shot of Prince Leonard of Hutt River – a secessionist state in the Western Australian wheat belt – was published on the Heart of The Nation page of The Australian Magazine last weekend. To see a larger…

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Portrait of Australia for TIME

Following an assignment from TIME Magazine, a number of my portraits from the streets of Cabramatta were published on the cover of the magazine’s August 19, 2013 issue. See a more detailed post below – in “scrapbook” – for more details.

Tetu Magazine (France)

Illegal homosexuality in Jamaica: For Tetu.

Photos from a story I shot in Kingston, Jamaica were recently published in French magazine, Tetu. The story, by Ratiba Hamzaoui, concerns the lives of gay people in Jamaica where persecution is rife and homosexuality itself is illegal.

The International Herald Tribune. 14 August, 2013.

The little man stands up to big mining in Bulga, NSW. For the IHT.

A recent story that my good buddy (and sometimes landlord) Matt Siegel and I worked on recently was featured on the front page of the Asian edition of The International Herald Tribune earlier this week. The story of the tiny town…

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All in good TIME

Photography is one of those lines of work that – if you do it for long enough – grants you a few milestones. Unlike teaching or nursing or farming – essential yet thankless occupations – photographers have exhibitions and competitions,…

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A1 on the IHT

A photograph of mine, of the ailing Robert Moore, a lung cancer patient who has been told by doctors that he has only a matter of months to live and who spoke to the International Herald Tribune, was published on…

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Screen Australia Documentaries 2013

The Day That Shocked The Nation

In the middle of 2012 I worked on a documentary that looks into the days surrounding the so-called Cronulla Riots on the 11th of December in 2005. The program, produced by Northern Pictures will air on SBS later in 2013…

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On the air in NZ.

During a trip to New Zealand for The Auckland Festival of Photography I got three and a half of my 15 minutes of fame when I was invited to join the panel on TV NZ’s Seven Sharp program. To see the show…

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The Good Weekend, 4 February 2012

Ben Quilty for The Good Weekend

This portrait of cousin Ben shot for the cover of The Good Weekend is one that will be a part of my exhibition of Australian Artist’s Portraits. From Saturday May 18 – 31 at Maunsell Wickes Gallery. 19 Glenmore Road,…

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Photos: (top) Steven Dupont, (below) Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Steven Dupont for The Australian

I was lucky enough to have the chance to photograph a long time photographic idol of mine recently to illustrate a piece written for The Australian by Carmel Melouney. I caught Stephen Dupont before he boarded a train from Penn…

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Photos: Ed Kashi VII, Andrew Quilty / Oculi, Lyle Owerko, Sam Horine, Stephen Wilkes, Wyatt Gallery

The Business of Social Media

Canadian Magazine, Report on Business, refered to the 800,000 images uploaded to Instagram during Hurricane Sandy as “an opus”. A couple of my images were used in an issue from earlier this year.

AJ Miller (AKA Jesus) and Mary Luck (AKA Mary Magdelene).

JESUS (Yes, Jesus) for The Good Weekend

In September 2012, journalist Matt Siegel and I met Jesus Christ on his property outside Kingaroy in Central Queensland. Jesus, known to non-believers of The Devine Truth as AJ Miller, says of he (He?) and his partner in his website‘s…

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GEO Lino Extra

The portraits and interview I conducted with 11 year old Julia, who experienced Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant on The Jersey Shore, for GEO Lino Extra Magazine have been used in a short audio slideshow on The GEO website. The…

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Photo © Andrew Quilty

Radiate Magazine Feature

A series that I completed a couple of years ago, “The Mexicans” has been featured in the fourth issue of Radiate Magazine. As well as including a broad selection of work from each contributor, each is also given a thorough…

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Boston Aftermath for The Australian

It’s always humbling to be given the opportunity to present important events – of all kinds – to any audience. It’s especially so when the events are tragedies that concern life and death. Over the past couple of days Carmel…

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Photo © Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Boston image on TIME Mag. Instagram feed

An Instagram image of mine is featured on the TIME Magazine Instagram feed. On that note, I will be speaking on a panel at Baruch College on the topic of smartphones in journalism, tomorrow, in New York City.

Ben Quilty for Artist Profile

In the lead up to his exhibition, After Afghanistan, I photographed cousin, Ben Quilty for Artist Profile Magazine in his studio in the NSW Southern Highlands. After Afghanistan concludes this weekend in Sydney and will then travel to 8 regional galleries throughout Australia…

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Fiji’s Dictator. Monocle

My portrait of Fijian Dictator, Voreqe ‘Frank’ Bainimarama ran alongside a brief story by my good buddy, Matt Siegel’s story in the March edition of Monocle.

Photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi for Photofile

MoMA Director of Photography for Photofile

After a couple of years in the wilderness, The Australian Centre for Photography’s magazine, Photofile has relaunched with a new look and a new editor – Michael Fitzgerald, formerly of Art & Australia. For their relaunch issue I was commissioned to photograph the…

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Time Annual 2013

After covering perhaps the most photographed natural disaster ever – Hurricane Sandy – for TIME Magazine late last year, one of my Instagrammed images was used on the contents page of the TIME Annual 2013.

Photos © Andrew Quilty / Oculi

After Sandy – Back to The Jersey Shore for GEOlino

Fellow Oculi member, Tamara Voninski and I were amongst half a dozen photographers who were commissioned by Germany’s GEOlino magazine to photograph and conduct interviews with young children from around the world who had experienced natural disasters in recent years. Julia (pictured) is from Point Pleasant,…

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Photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi for TIME

Instagraming for TIME Magazine. An essay for The Walkley Magazine

After covering Hurricane Sandy for TIME Magazine as well as via Instagram for TIME’s Instagram feed, I was invited to write a piece for The Walkley Magazine on my experiences. To read the story in full CLICK HERE. And to see…

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Portrait of cousin, Ben in new book – ‘Artists in Conversation’ by Janet Hawley

A portrait of mine of my cousin, Archibald prize-winning painter, Ben Quilty accompanied his story in arts writer, Janet Hawley’s recently released book, Artists in Conversation. Listen to Hawley speak about the book on The ABC’s Books & Arts Daily program HERE.

TIME Opener

Opening spread in TIME Magazine’s coverage of Hurricane Sandy

My photograph from the devastated Jersey Shore town of Mantoloking opens TIME Magazine’s coverage of Hurricane Sandy. It was without doubt a highlight of my photographic life to be working and published alongside the likes of Benjamin Lowy and Ed…

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Hurricane Sandy for TIME MAGAZINE

Last Sunday, I took myself to where the impending Hurricane Sandy was predicted to make landfall at Monmouth County, NJ. After photographing the oceanfront that afternoon and Monday morning, I was put on assignment by TIME Magazine, along with four…

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Tuvalu in The New York Times

The last but certainly not least publication of Matt Siegel’s and my work from Tuvalu appeared in today’s The New York Times. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY.

Photo © Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Another instalment from Tuvalu with Matt Siegel in The IHT

This will be the last piece published  from an epic trip to Tuvalu with Matt Siegel. Borrow Pits, The War in the Pacific and Tuvalu’s Ticking Clock. CLICK HERE to see the story in full on The New Times’ website.

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The New York Times in print

My first day in New York City and the first time I’ve seen work of my own in The New York Times, IN PRINT! And well, I’ve got to say, it still gives me far more of a buzz to pick…

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South China Morning Post Magazine, 9 September 2012

Tuvalu in South China Morning Post Magazine.

I was very chuffed to see some of my pictures once again running alongside a story by Matt Siegel. The story, titled A Good thing Gone which ran in Post Magazine (South China Morning Post) and looks at he environmental catastrophe facing…

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Tuvalu for The Good Weekend

On a recent trip to The South Pacific, journalist, Matt Siegel and I travelled to the tiny island nation of Tuvalu. One of our stories looking at the threat of global warming on Tuvalu was published in The Good Weekend…

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Higgs Boson Scientists for TIME Magazine

With the world’s physicists congregating in Melbourne for The 36th International Conference on High Energy Physics earlier this month, the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle was announced to the world from just about as far (on earth ie.) as one…

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Intl. Herald Tribune Front page

A story that Matt Siegel and I covered recently in Fiji ran off the front page of The IHT today. To see the story in full as well as a short slideshow of the images click the image below.  

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AFR Mag today

A few of my pictures from this years Bluesfest at Byron Bay found their way into the pages of The AFR Magazine, out today with The Financial Review. Thanks Tony!


Richard Tognetti Cover

A nice surprise on the newsagent shelves at the Sydney airport this morning… My portrait of The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Artistic Director, Richard Tognetti on the cover of The latest issue of Limelight Magazine.

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Luxury Magazine Cover today

My portrait of Australian fashion designer, Collette Dinningan appeared on the cover of Luxury Magazine in The AFR today.

Manly, Fairy Bower. 5 April 2012. Photo by Andrew Quilty for Sprout Daily.

Last Day at Sprout

Well, sadly today was my last morning doing the guest slot for Sprout Daily. To check out the happenings out at Fairy Bower and Winki Pop this morning CLICK HERE.

And another sprout session

Another picture perfect morning greeted those who made it for the early session at Manly today. Here’s my offering for my second last day covering for Mr Sprout himself. Check it out here.

Manly Beach. 3 April 2012. Photo by Andrew Quilty for Sprout Daily.


As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m filling in for Murray Fraser from Sprout Daily – Manly Beach’s surf blog – while he’s away on a surf trip himself. This morning’s beautiful light on the coast made for some nice opportunities as…

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Next week I’ll be standing in as guest photographer for Manly Beach’s own Sprout Daily website and blog when Mr Sprout, Murray Fraser step’s across the Tasman for a couple of weeks of road-tripping in NZ. Everyday, Sprout sends out…

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La Traviata

Opera on The Harbour for Businessweek

Matt Siegel and I teamed up again for a wet but spectacular evening of Opera Australia’s latest production, La Traviata. The twist on tradition which drew us . . . The fact that it was performed under the stars on…

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Business Review Weekly, March 2012

Todd Sampson for BRW


MONA for Bloomberg Businessweek

Journalist, Matt Siegel and I enjoyed a day at Tassie’s newest reason to visit – The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and put together this piece for Bloomberg Businessweek. To read the article in full click here.  

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Le Monde Magazine

A little assignment for Le Monde Magazine (France) illustrating the favourite places in and around Canberra of a favourite Australian author of mine, Kate Grenville.

The Mexicans Book

The Mexicans Book – $25

In the interest of my flatmate, Blondie who’s room has doubled as a storage unit for the past six months, you can now grab a copy of THE MEXICANS book for $25 + postage. Click here to purchase.

Cousin Ben and The Good Weekend

A proud day for the Quilty’s last weekend with my first assignment for The Good Weekend – illustrating Janet Hawley’s story on cousin, Ben after his recent trip to Afghanistan as Australia’s official war artist – ending up on the…

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Renowned Australian surf writer, Nick Carroll was commissioned by The AFR Magazine to write somewhat of a meditation on the famed stretch of Pacific Highway and the adjacent coastline between Sydney and Byron Bay. The yarn looks at the history,…

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French GEO

A story on the heritage of modern-day Broome, Western Australia features in the latest issue of French Geo Magazine. Yee-Haa!    

Rolling Stone, November 2011


A photograph of mine from The Queensland Floods earlier this year was published in Rolling Stone USA, Australia (November) and Middle East for a story titled ‘The End of Australia’ which looked at the recent string of natural disasters and the…

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Immigration Detention story for The New York Times.

Those living in Australia may have seen The ABC’s Four Corners programme on the Immigration Detention Centre’s in Australia. I made a very small contribution to a story by Nina Bernstein (assisted by Matt Siegel in Australia) for The New…

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On Location in Kew, Melbourne

Great Homes for The New York Times

The latest mini assignment for my newest bestest buddy, New Yorker turned Sydney-sider, Matt Siegel. Click on the image to check out this skew-whif, asymmetrical abode in the Melbourne suburb of Kew. aq

The Guardian Weekend, 2 July 2011

The Guardian Weekend

A feature I shot for The Guardian Weekend Magazine (UK) was published over the weekend. The story – about a forty-something old newcomer to surfing – was was written by Malcolm Knox and follows on from his recently released novel, The…

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A Decade of Waves is a photographic journal of my first ten years of surfing and the photography which coincided between 2001 and 2011. Images from my own front door-step in Sydney, around the Australian coast, to Indonesia, South America and beyond these images show the places I travelled to, the waves surfed and those who surfed them.

A Decade of Waves

When the sentimentalist in me recently worked out that it had been ten years almost to the day that I had been surfing and coincidentally since I had been using a camera, I thought I should rummage through the archives…

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AFR Magazine, July 2011

‘Aussie’ John for The AFR Magazine

A portrait of ‘Aussie’ John Symond in this month’s AFR Magazine.

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Architectural assignment for The New York Times

Architectural photography is not something I’d really tried before but when The New York Times commissioned me to shoot a spectacularly designed family home in Paddington, Sydney recently, I gave it a crack… Click here to see a slideshow of…

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TAKE Magazine, Issue #1, Essay

TAKE Magazine

Australia has a brand new magazine, entirely dedicated to photography. TAKE Magazine is the baby of Andrew Johnstone from Design is Kinky, Semi Permanent and EMPTY Magazine. Six or so months ago, Andrew came to Stephen Dupont, Tamara Dean and…

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Art & Australia Magazine Cover and feature

For Vol 48 no. 4 of Art & Australia Magazine which has just hit the shelves I was commissioned to photograph street artist, Anthony Lister and others for a story written by Joseph Allen Shea of Monster Children Gallery, Izrock…

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AFR Magazine, May 2011

‘The Mexicans’ in The AFR Magazine Today.

A nice spread in todays Australian Financial Review Magazine in the lead-up to my exhibition and book launch of ‘The Mexicans’. For a quick preview of the show click here.

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The latest issue of EMPTY Magazine has hit the shelves and Editor, Andrew Johnstone was kind enough to give me a few spreads… … from The Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert in The USA… and a series from my…

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Travel piece published in The New York Times

My three day road trip on the great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide has been published in the travel section of THE NEW YORK TIMES.

The Big Issue, April 2011

The Big Issue – Cover Story

    My first commissioned piece of writing and accompanying photographs are the cover story for the most recent edition of The Big Issue – on the streets Monday 12th April. The story is a personal account of what I…

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Australian Geographic feature

A series of photographs and a short written account documenting the regeneration of the landscapes effected by The Black Saturday bush fires of February 2009 is featuring on the Australian Geographic’s blog following the 2 year anniversary last week. Hope…

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Front Page – The New York Times’ Global Edition, today.


Front page – International Herald Tribune (Asia Edition), today.

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The New York Times, January 13

Story centred on Brisbane, Queensland runs on pg.7  of The New York Times’  New York Edition on January 14. Click image above to see full story.


The New York Times, January 14

Story centred on Grantham – one of the hardest flood-hit towns in The Lockyer Valley in South Eastern Queensland – runs in The New York Times. Click on image above for full story.

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Front Page of The International Herald Tribune TODAY

  Images taken yesterday around The Lockyer Valley appeared on The Front Page of The International Herald Tribune today.

Reportage, A Retrospective 1999 - 2009

Reportage – A Retrospective 1999 – 2009

To coincide with the 10th Anniversary of Reportage, momentopro have collaborated with the founders of The Festival of Photojournalism to produce a beautiful, Limited Edition book showcasing memorable images from the past 10 years. They even threw a couple of…

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My 1500 word review of The Annie Leibovitz Exhibition published in The AFR this weekend.

Click here for page 1. Click here for page 2.

Art & Australia, Summer 2010

Art & Australia, Summer 2010

The latest Issue of Art & Australia has hit the news stands and I’m stoked to have made a small contribution – a documentation of sculptor, Paul Selwood and his work on his beautiful property in Wollombi, NSW.

Backstage with The Dandy Warhols

Backstage with The Dandy Warhols

Here’s a portrait of Courtney Taylor-Taylor, the front-man for The Dandy Warhols. It was shot backstage at Parklife, Sydney a month or two ago. Not the best at one on ones with those whose art I appreciate, it was a…

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Edmund Capon

Edmund Capon, Director and Chief Curator at The Art Gallery of NSW, photographed in The Gallery at which he has been at The Helm for nearly 30 years. Published in The Australian Financial Review Magazines November 2010 Issue.


A cliff diver performs at Ik Kil cenote, a sinkhole, near Chichen Itza, Yucatán, Mexico, on April 9, 2011.

New Old work from Balazs Gardi

Since I saw his work from the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan from 2007, Hungarian photojournalist Balazs Gardi has been one of my favourites. In fact one particular image of his, of a young Afghan boy being cradled by his father…

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The term ‘war hero’ had always seemed an oxymoron to me. That was until I read Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker Prize- winning book, The Narrow Road To The Deep North. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. “And when he looked up, there…

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Two Parking Tickets & Anna Calvi

I was fortunate enough to be given a ticket to see the 33 year old, British singer-songwriter and lethal guitarist, Anna Calvi at the Sydney Opera House last night. I didn’t know much of her before the gig so expectations…

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Matthieu Aikins: On Afghanistan

Having made the move to Afghanistan recently, I’ve been reading up as much as I can on the country. As well as must-reads like Peter Hopkirk’s The Great Game, Steve Coll’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars and the cult classic Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser, there are…

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The Best Magazine Reads as Judged by the best magazines

If, after the rise of the listicle in 2013, you can possibly stomach another list of sorts, here are two that will keep you busy over the coming holidays. The first is The Monthly’s Best of 2013: Ten Great Long Reads which draws from the likes…

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Joel Van Houdt for The New York Times Magazine

NY Times Magazine on a refugee boat to Australia

Another comprehensive New York Times Magazine report, this one on a subject close to home for Australians, was published today. Afghanistan based writer, Luke Mogelson and Dutch photographer Joel Van Houdt arranged the transit with people smugglers in Kabul and…

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The Forever War

It’s not a recent release but having just read Dexter Filkins‘ The Forever War, a book of observations and experiences from his time spent in Iraq and Afghanistan between 1998 and 2006 for news organisations including The LA Times and The New…

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“For The Exposure”: The New York Times

It seems that the frustration being felt by photographers who are finding themselves being asked to contribute their work, not for the monetary compensation but “for the exposure“ that will come with their work being seen on the requestors blog/newspaper/magazine etc,…

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Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian’s editor. Photo:James Day

Investigative Journalism in the Media

Just a couple of pieces that I’ve come across in the last week that – for investigative journalism-ophiles – I thought were worth sharing. Firstly, a piece written by Ken Auletta for The New Yorker on The Guardian’s editor of…

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The Drones – I SEE SEAWEED

With their gig at The Metro in Sydney just passed, and their esteem – in my mind – as one of Australia’s best live bands, still well and truly in tact, I thought their recently released album – I See Seaweed –…

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Michael Christopher Brown: the world’s best Instagramer?

I’m not planning on getting into another argument about the virtues for and against Instagram but I would like to point out one photographer who, in my opinion, is the best person there is to follow on the photo sharing smartphone application….

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In Response

Two posters resembling advertisements seen ad-nauseum in Australian print and television media – since Kevin Rudd announced his new asylum seeker deterrent policy a little over two weeks ago on July 19 – were installed on a vacant shop-front on…

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The Writing Life

In this week’s The New Yorker, a piece written by long time New Yorker contributor John McPhee begins by examining the age old writer’s-worst-nightmare, writers block. From his own literary conundrums to those of his young students and the advice he gives his…

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Phillip Adams feat. David Walsh (MONA)

I won’t pretend that I understood all of what they spoke about but one of my favorite Australian radio announcers, Phillip Adams was recently given a guided, after hours tour of The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in…

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Iggy Pop takes five

During his current tour of Australia, one of the godfather’s of punk rock, Iggy Pop was interviewed by Triple J‘s Zan Rowe. The premis of the interview was for The Stooges frontman to choose five songs that share a punk…

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Pond – Tame Impala’s ugly duckling

The first time I saw Tame Impala play was in support of You Am I at The Metro in Sydney back in 2008. There were about a dozen people up against the barrier at the front of the stage and an empty dance floor…

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Newsweek’s #last print issue

In 1933, the first ever issue of Newsweek featured Hitler’s Nazies on the front page. Last week, after 80 years as the US’ largest news magazine after TIME Magazine, Newsweek published its final print edition with a black and white photograph of…

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Former Director General of Al-Jazeera speaks in Sydney on Revolutionising Global Media

Described as one of the world’s top 100 thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine, former Director General of Al-Jazeera, Wadah Khanfar spoke tonight at an event hosted by The Walkey Foundation on the impact of social and digital innovation in the…

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Atonement :: by Dexter Filkins

In the October 29 Issue of The New Yorker, acclaimed conflict journalist, Dexter Filkins revisits a story that he first came across in Iraq soon after The US Invasion in 2003. Filkins follows ex US Marine, Lu Lobello on a…

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The Dirty Three

The Dirty Three at The tiny Desk

The Dirty Three recently performed live at the desk of NPR’s All Songs Considered host, Bob Boilen. As drummer, Jim White and guitarist, Mick Turner sip from take-way coffee cups and carry on oblivious as ever to front-man Warren Ellis’…

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Truth in Historical fiction with Hilary Mantel

Though I haven’t read any of Man Booker Prize winner author, Hilary Mantel’s books, this piece by Larissa Macfarquhar in The New Yorker struck a chord for Mantel’s uncompromising adherence to the truth in her chosen genre – historical fiction. “If…

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Writing with miles davis

I’ve always appreciated analogies drawn between forms of expression that aren’t immediately obvious. Painters influenced by musicians, photographers by authors etc, etc. Here’s an interesting comparison from The New York Times by Aaron Gilbreath on how the music of Miles…

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Ben Quilty on ABC’s Australian Story

Speaking on his recent experiences as Australia’s War Artist in Afghanistan, cousin Ben will be appearing on The ABC’s Australian Story this Monday the 3rd of September. Some of my work documenting Ben will also play a small part in…

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SBS and The Block

If you’re like me, work in the media, value in depth, quality and reliable documentation of the world around us, you’re probably somewhat befuddled by the deluge of changes that are challenging the industry and the consumers of information. SBS…

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Gore Vidal dies at 86

A great American thinker, writer and gruff, old curmudgeon has died at home in LA at the age of 86 after complications with pneumonia. A man after my own heart, Vidal wrote hundreds of essays and best-selling novels, he ran for…

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The Reef

One of the first photographic books I owned was Waves of The Sea by surf photographer Jon Frank. Then as much as now, Frank has his own, unique and evocative style of surf photography and his recent collaboration with The…

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Woody Guthrie turns 100

To celebrate 100 years since the birth of one of America’s greatest and most influential but little known song-writers, ABC’s Radio National is featuring a handful of programs on Woody Guthrie. Included is this fascinating interview with his daughter Nora…

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Interview with US Street Photography blogger, Eric Kim

LA-based street photography blogger, Eric Kim speaks to 20,000 subscribers on a daily basis. He was in Sydney recently and after meeting up for a couple of beers, Eric asked me a few unusually thoughtful questions, focussed mostly on The…

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Wolf & Cub

One of my favourite Australian live bands, Wolf & Cub is in the process of recording a third album. Along the way they’re drip feeding fans with a new track hear and there. Here are two BRAND NEW tunes, Shut…

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The Street Sweeper

New Novels

As a relative newcomer to the world of literary fiction – as I heard it referred to in a conversation at the Sydney Writer’s Festival today – I’ve ascribed little time for modern titles, instead I wading through the vast…

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Laura Marling

Laura Marling Live @ The Wireless

In early February, after winning a couple of tickets through a Triple J Radio competition, I saw Laura Marling play a very intimate show at the Paddington Uniting Church in Sydney. Surrounded by illuminated stained glass windows, flickering candelabras and…

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Recently, curious as to the seductive, deep voice coming from the radio of my dear housemate, Blondie after the light in his room was switched off each night, I asked him what it was that both kept him up and…

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Teenage Snuff Film

Rowland S. Howard

Admittedly, the name Rowland S. Howard is relatively new to me. Those who his far-reaching influence struck (far beyond our humble shores) however, are not. He’s one of those musicians that many young guitarists today are inspired by while being…

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Photo- Tim McKenna


I remember watching this day of surfing live on-line whilst I should have been doing something far more diligent. That scratchy live-feed was mesmerising enough but to see those same waves, that same stomach-turning day through the viewfinder of the…

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30 Albums

Summing up the history of rock ‘n’ roll in 30 Albums

As a recent convert back to vinyl, this yarn in the December issue of The Monthly Magazine by The Go Betweens’ Robert Foster, caught my eye. Explaining that a friend who sported a collection of some 1000 albums was more enamoured with…

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Australia’s Best Live Band?

The Drones played at The Metro Theatre in Sydney on the weekend. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have high expectations. The Victorian based four piece DID. NOT. DISAPPOINT. I’d grown to love their studio albums, Gareth Liddiard’s…

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PJ Harvey at plays MOFO


The stars have aligned. PJ Harvey will play a single show at The Museum of Old an New Art (MONA) in Hobart for the MONA FOMA Festival following two performances at The Sydney Festival and one in Melbourne. The Sydney…

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Words and Music

Today I flew from Sydney to Broome, WA. It was a dream 6 hour flight. A window to my right and two vacant seats to my left. I had lunch followed by two Mango Weiss bars. I also had 200…

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As if The Quilty family needed another painter in their midst! Alas, there is and we share the same name – first, middle and sur – just to be sure. Andy (who, I admit was born a few months before…

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A film still from Frank's collaboration with The Australian Chamber Orchestra - The Glide


10 years ago, when my love of surfing combined with a growing passion for photography, I would scour the pages of every surfing mag available – indeed, soaking up everything and anything surfing that I could, there was one photographer…

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PJ Harvey Live in Concert

Too much PJ is never enough

Adding to my ongoing love affair with PJ Harvey here’s a performance of hers at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco from a couple of weeks ago. Enjoy!

Restrepo poster


Another story on the war in Afghanistan from the perspective of the invading US Forces. It’s a familiar and almost the only point of view from which the world has witnessed the controversial and confusing conflict. Restrepo, however, was created…

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Ben and his subject, Maragret Olley

Ben Quilty wins The Archibald Prize!!!

I was proud as punch to be present at the announcement of The 2011 Archibald Prize at The AGNSW today when cousin Ben was named the winner with his portrait of Matriarchal Australian artist, Margaret Olley. Yee Haa!

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

Every once in a while a song comes along and makes you tingle in all the right places. For me, if for no one else, this is it today. The Words that Maketh Murder From PJ Harvey’s latest album –…

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Lets be honest. There is no other band whose albums are as highly anticipated as Radiohead. The 8th installment has landed:


RRR Radio

Forget the small bar debate! Melbourne has it over Sydney in the radio stakes too! It’s like FBI for grown-ups. Ouch! Enjoy!

Out of The Ashes

Out of The Ashes

I came across this documentary on ABC’s iView. Fortunately or unfortunately enough it was only a week ago that I was in Victoria for the third time photographing the same areas that were devastated by The Black Saturday Bushfires of…

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Design is DEFINITELY Kinky

The benefit of good design is something that has only recently crystallized for me. It’s something that we are confronted with all day everyday whether consciously or not. If one is not conscious of a particular element of design perhaps that is…

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But how was it built I hear you ask… Well that was the work of Kat Clark from Kat-Hello who, like the design mob was a picture of professionalism, has held my hand as I stumble through the online landscape…

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Having fielded a bunch of questions about the new site I thought it only fair to let you in on the brains behind my operation. The site was designed by the guys from Stop.Edit. in Sydney. For anyone contemplating building…

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On Photography

Katy Grannan for The New York Times

Robert Frank: The Man Who Saw America

A wonderful profile published in The new York Times Magazine by Nicholas Dawidoff, about the most influential living photographer, Robert Frank. “To look again at the photographs Frank made before Selma, Vietnam and Stonewall, before income inequality, iPhones and ‘‘I…

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Andrew Quilty / Oculi for Foreign Policy

TIME’s Ways of Seeing in 2014

It was nice to be included in TIME Lightbox’s Ways of Seeing in 2014 – Portrait Series. “Amongst the many photojournalist who took a similar approach, were Anastasia Taylor-Lind—who produced a simple and nuanced portrait series of individual protestors in Kiev’s…

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Andrew Quilty / Oculi

The Story Behind The Photo of the Year

The Guardian Australia asked me to write about the story behind my 2014 Nikon Walkley Photo of The Year. CLICK HERE to see the story published by The Guardian.

Soldiers Marching Up a Hill. By: Damien Parer

Damien Parer: About an Australian War Photographer

The ABC’s Paul Donoughue has written a piece in relation the ABC1’s telemovie Parer’s War starring Matt Le Nevez. Donoughue also interviewed me in relation to my own experiences working in Afghanistan in comparison to those of Parer’s depicted in the telemovie. To…

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Photo courtesy: The British Journal of Photography

Libération & The Celebration of Photography

In what must be one of the greater shows of respect and support for photography that I’ve ever seen, editors of Libération, the French newspaper founded in 1973 by Jean Paul Sartre and Serge July in the wake of strikes and protests…

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Robert Capa. Self portrait with John Steinbeck. USSR. 1947

Robert Capa’s only recorded interview

This is an absolute treat! In the 100th year since Robert Capa was born, the International Centre of Photography has shared a recently discovered radio interview – the only known of with one of photography’s pioneers, Robert Capa. The husband…

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Photo: Ashley Gilbertson / VII Photo

NY Times Magazine does Multimedia

It’s by no means the first of its kind but Ashley Gilbertson‘s imagery and the words of Joel Lovell in their story, A Game of Shark and Minnow, published in The New York Times Magazine this weekend, is certainly a…

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Nsala of Wala in Congo. 1904. "A man from Congo mourning his child is particularly poignant. He is seen in profile, sitting on a low ledge, contemplating a small, severed hand and foot, all that remains of his daughter after she was killed, dismembered and cannibalized by armed agents of a Belgian rubber company. It was a powerful image, disseminated by missionaries who sought to indict the colonial regime of King Leopold II of Belgium. Today it seems melodramatic." - Philip Kennicott.

Questioning the efficacy of images of suffering in the modern world

The recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post calls into question the ability of modern imagery to stir a response from its intended audience. Following the presentation of video footage from a Damascus…

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To mark the fortieth anniversary of The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP), Photofile Magazine (in its thirtieth year, itself) has produced a stunning publication which looks back at the photographic medium, in Australia, in recent decades. The cover alone – illustrated with a…

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Photo: Michael Christopher Brown

Anecdotes from Sandy

In a blog post from Ed Kashi, HERE are some interesting insights into the experiences of some of those who photographed Hurricane Sandy late last year. In case you weren’t already aware, these and a handful of other photographers who…

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The Mexican Suitcase

Robert Capa, the Hungarian born photographer who is widely recognised as having invented the genre of photojournalism with his in-the-trenches perspectives of Republican soldiers fighting in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930’s and perhaps most notably for his frontline depictions of…

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Mr Gouriotis. Photo: Dean Golja

Director of ACP resigns

Kon Gouriotis was named Director of the Australian Centre for Photography in November 2011 following the departure of Alasdair Foster in the same year. Gouriotis came to ACP from his role as Director of visual arts at The Australia Council…

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San Ysidro, California, USA, 1979. © Alex Webb / Magnum

Does this image shock you?

The Australian newspaper has covered the opening of the Reportage Censored exhibition which has opened in Hyde Park, Sydney after many of the images in the original Reportage Festival were deemed “too distressing or offensive” by the festival’s organising body,…

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The Sunday Telegraph

Reportage Festival Censorship Fiasco

Last Friday night, the Reportage Festival launched at the MCA at Circular Quay in Sydney. The Festival has been running for more than a decade already and has made its way from back yards in Bondi, to the Palace Academy…

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James Nachtwey assists wounded photojournalist, Greg Marinovich. Photo: Juda Ngwenya

Nachtwey & Addario speak on the topic of risk.

NBC Reporter Ann Curry discusses risk taking with two of photojournalisms best; contract photographer with TIME Magazine since 1984, James Nachtwey and New York Times and National Geographic photographer, Lynsey Addario. CLICK HERE to listen to the recording of the discussion…

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Before & After. Photo: Francesco Zizola / Noor

Before & After Image Enhancement. How good is too good?

The topic of digitally altering photographs will most likely be debated, without consensus, for eternity. How much post-processing (or Photoshopping) is too much? Der Spiegel online compares images (including some that the magazine itself has published) to those that came straight from the…

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Thailand, May 2010. Photo: Ivan Zhong

James Nachtwey: Upcoming talks in NYC & Sydney

In the coming weeks, the acclaimed and uncompromising photojournalist James Nachtwey will be speaking at two forums; one in New York City on May 14, the other in Sydney on June 9. On Tuesday evening next week at the New…

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Photo: John Tlumacki / Boston Globe

On The Media: On Boston

The coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent wild goose chase – turned Schwarzenegger-esque siege – across greater Boston over the past two weeks, has attracted broad criticism of both specific media outlets and the industry as a…

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Photo © Benjamin Lowy / Reportage by Getty Images

Instagram: from Syria to sandy

The rise of Instagram among professional photojournalists has been well documented (excuse the pun) but this piece, written by Travis Marshall for American Photo presents a good, broad look at those at the top of their field using smartphones and Instagram…

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Photo © Sally Mann

Sally Mann photos evidence in Child Porn arrest

Here’s an unexpectedly comical scenario described in the first person by none other than the man behind international hit single Shaddap You Face. Joe Dolce, the American born Australian, whose inspiration for the song came from his Italian grandparents, received an unexpected…

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Photo © Raul Cañibano

Cuba by A Cuban

The upcoming and deservedly hyped Reportage Festival has a line up of international photographers, the calibre of which have never (to my knowledge) gathered at once in Australia before. Flipping through the list of well known by-lines though, there was one name…

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Photo © Mike Brodie

Mike Brodie – Train Hopper

If Ryan McGinley didn’t have to pay models to inhabit his photographs of supposed, youthful, bohemians he might have been born Mike Brodie. In ‘A Period of Teenage Prosperity’, a book (Twin Palm Publishers and TBW Books) and exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery in…

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Marines rest in a mosque after a heavy night of house-to-house fighting and an ambush that killed one marine and wounded seven more on November 11, 2004. To the far right, Lcpl. William Miller sleeps by his friend, Lcpl. Demarkus Brown. Miller died two days later escorting journalists inside a minaret, and Brown died one week later. [Ashley Gilbertson / VII]

Post Traumatic Stress & Photojournalism

As an admirer of the work of conflict photojournalists and as an outsider to the trade, I’ve seen a little but wondered more about the effect of baring witness. Having come from a not dissimilar cultural background, I was particularly…

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Image © VII Photo Agency

Panel Discussion on iPhone Photography presented by VII Photo Agency /// AUDIO AVAILABLE

You’ll probably get bored of me saying this but indulge me because the novelty is far from wearing off. One of the great things about being in New York City is the amount of stimuli there is for photographers and…

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Jeff Carter on ABC’s Artscape

One of Australian greatest but least known documentary photographers, Jeff Carter, who died in late 2010 will be profiled on The ABC’s Artscape on August 16 at 10pm. Given that Carter listed – amongst others – John Steinbeck as a…

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As a fairly outspoken advocate of un-manipulated photography, this piece in The Atlantic Monthly caught my eye. It charts some (and can point you to many more) of the better known instances of image manipulation prior to the advent of…

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Magnum :: Contact Sheets

The worlds most prestigious photo agency, Magnum, known for it’s epic book publications, in 2011, produced Contact Sheets. In what the sentimentalist in me assumes is somewhat of an epitaph to film, this is yet another tome of proportion and significance. It…

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The New Yorker on Instagram

Here’s an interesting take on that word on everyone’s lips in recent times – Instagram – and the ‘instant nostalgia’ that it promotes. From The New Yorker. Click here for the full article.



Kodak’s three remaining colour reversal products – Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100G, Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100VS Film and Kodak Professional Elite Chrome Extra Color 100 will be discontinued. In conversation with The British Journal of Photography a Kodak spokeswoman stated, “We’ve reviewed our portfolio and we…

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Dean Sewell’s, ‘Culture Jammers’ at Museum of Sydney.

Arguably Australia’s best photojournalist still working within Australia and the region, Dean Sewell’s commitment, rarely recognised, has been rewarded with a solo exhibition at The Museum of Sydney. Culture Jammers documents the activities of a small group of culture jammers in…

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The Suffering of Light by Alex Webb

A recent visit to New York City of mine happily coincided with a retrospective of my favourite colour photographer – Alex Webb’s work. Unable to afford one of the photographs that impressed on me to the extent that, like a…

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Witches Hat on top of a light pole near Fort scratchley in Newcastle

Predominantly Orange by Jon Reid

The interminably quirky, Jon Reid has finally launched his long awaited book of witches hats entitled Predominantly Orange. Over the past six years Reid has collected images of these ubiquitous items – symbols of our modern, cautious culture and collated…

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Congratulations James Brickwood!!!

A huge congratulations to James Brickwood who has won the 10th Sydney Life photographic competition with his grimy, hedonistic image, Void, portraying one of Sydney’s underground, electronic music scenes. It was Brickwood’s first time as a finalist in the competition, but…

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ONCE : Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders’ 1984 film, Paris, Texas, was a melancholy, sparse and lonely film with an garish and saturated aesthetic that has influenced me profoundly in my own work. Wenders though is as well known for his still images as he…

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Claire Martin’s “Slab City” at ACP

In March last year I visited Fremantle in Western Australia for the Biannual, FotoFreo Photography Festival. Having come from arguably the birth-place of photojournalism, Paris, there was, amongst a couple of other exhibitions, one in particular that stood out. Claire Martin’s Slab City –…

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Otherwise Projections

One of my greatest confidents when it comes to honest appraisal of photographic ability is Isabelle Rouvillois. The French expat has brought her unusually critical eyes to Australia in recent years after previously working as a photographer for Greenpeace International…

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PAGE ONE /// A Year Inside the New York Times

At a time when the print industry is suffering a massive decline, filmmaker Andrew Rossi was granted unprecedented access to the nerve-centre of The New York Times‘s operations over a 12-month period, during which he captures vibrant cross-cubicle debates and collaborations,…

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Ricky Maynard: Portrait of A Distant Land

Showing at the until August 2011 at The Ian Potter Museum of Art in Victoria is Ricky Maynard’s classically beautiful black & white collection – Portrait of A Distant Land. Maynard and his work was profiled on The ABC’s Art Nation…

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Joel Meyerowitz documentary

Thanks to the ever web-trawling James Brickwood for bring this to my attention recently. The documentary follows one of my favorite ever street photographers – Joel Meyerowitz – through the streets of New York City by Robert Gilbert that was…

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American Dreams

A collection from the archive of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film opens at The Bendigo Art Gallery in Mid April. Featuring the pioneering names such as Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Lewis Hine (work above) and Paul…

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Regarding The Pain of Others

Regarding The Pain of Others – Susan Sontag

“The whole point of television is that one can switch channels, that it is normal to switch channels, to become restless, bored. Consumers droop. They need to be stimulated, jump-started, again and again. Content is no more than one of these stimulants. A more reflective engagement with content would require a certain intensity of awareness – just what is weakened by the expectation brought to images disseminated by the media, whose leaching out of content contributes most to the deadening of feeling”.


Empty Magazine

Issue #20 of EMPTY Magazine will be out in April and will be launched in two locations in Sydney with an exhibition showcasing work from some of the contributing artists including yours truly! Come along and bring your friends!


Lens: The New York Times’ Photography, video and visual journalism blog.

This is The New York Times’ answer to visual journalism in the digital age. One of those that’s worth a look every day of the week.


Reportage Festival Review

Reportage: A Retrospective 1999 – 2009 outdoor exhibition will open on the grounds of The National Art School. Reportage have collaborated with Susan Freeman of Freeman Ryan Designs who has designed the installation of the exhibition. Some of the most memorable…

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The Instagram that nearly wasn’t. The phone it was taken on was taken out its owner’s pocket in a textbook mob situation. But the thief gave the game away when he and one other broke into a sprint. I must…

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Kaftar bazi (play of the pigeons) is one of Afghanistan’s gentler sports. Pigeons and doves are held in high regard as domestic pets in Islamic central & south Asia (far more so than dogs for example) and can be seen…

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On most of the commercial streets in Kabul, each store will resemble its neighbour almost identically. If you want to buy meat, you go to Butcher Street. If you’re looking for a book, there’s a strip with stalls that sell…

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Coogee, Sydney

It’s always nice leaving on a rainy day. I wonder how many poems have been written about raindrops on aeroplane windows? Andrew Quilty / @oculi. 27.1.2015.

Bondi, Sydney

High tide + north swell + 32 degrees at Ben Buckler, around the corner from North Bondi. Andrew Quilty / Oculi / @everydayaustralia. 15.1.2014.

Clovelly, Sydney

Another to add to the Splash Series. This one from Clovelly, again in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. A south easterly swell whipped up by local winds over the past couple of days provided kids on school holidays with today’s thrills. They…

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Kalinga, Australia

Last post for my week with @newyorkerphoto; kicking up dust after closing the last gate behind us on Kalinga. Many thanks to Amy Comnors for putting me on, to everyone that appeared in the pictures and to all those following the…

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Kalinga, Australia

The usually somber trip out of Kalinga was made a little more exciting with an electrical storm chasing us all the way from the river bank to where the rest of our cars were parked and the discovery of a…

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Murrumbidgee River, Australia

Camp chef, Steve takes on the mighty Murrumbidgee River on a li-lo. Photo: @andrewquilty / Oculi for@newyorkerphoto. 12.28.2014.

Murrumbidgee River, Australia

The walk to the top of the hill to send this and the previous picture. And now… The walk down. Photo:@andrewquilty / Oculi for @newyorkerphoto. 12.27.2014.

Murrumbidgee River, Australia

Swimming in a full Murrumbidgee River soon after the Tantangara Dam was opened to release recent rainwater. The word Murrumbidgee means ‘big water’ in the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal language. The water – arising at Peppercorn Hill in the Snowy Mountains…

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South Head, Sydney

Into a stiff southerly, 170 yachts ranging in length from 30 – 98 feet pointed towards Hobart, 628 nautical miles south, as thousands of spectators watched on from the cliffs of Sydney Harbour’s South Head as the annual Sydney to…

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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Sydney

Tour guide for the day, @juststump, revisiting the cave the she & her sister discovered in their childhood, up the escarpment from Mackerel Beach, off a bush track and beyond a series of Aboriginal rock carvings in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park…

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Bronte, Sydney

Hi all, @andrewquilty here, posting for my first time to@newyorkerphoto and absolutely delighted to be doing so. While I’ve been living & working as a photojournalist in Afghanistan for the past 12 months – covering stories there & in the Kurdish regions of…

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Afghan security forces detain a man suspected of involvement in an explosion that occurred minutes prior in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul. Andrew Quilty / Oculi. 25.11.2014

Jalalabad Road, Afghanistan

Its hard to go far in Afghanistan without stumbling on the remains of a Soviet tank, left behind after their ignominious retreat after 10 years at war with the Afghan Mujahedin through the 1980s. Unlike most of the war detritus…

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Nangarhar, Afghanistan

Young boys, mostly from families originally from nearby Kunar Province, attend a temporary community-based school in Behsud District, Nangarhar Province. The school is funded by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) who run numerous education and shelter projects in Nangarhar and…

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Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Riverside pool in Jalalabad. A surreal scene, especially with U.S. Predator Drones taking off and landing between bombing runs a couple of kilometres to the west. Andrew Quilty / Oculi. 18.11.2014


While the clear, mild Kabul day was enjoyed by locals and children collecting firewood before the cold of night came at the top of the fresh landscaped Bibi Maru Hill, the capital also played host to a horrific suicide attack…

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Khost, Afghanistan

Female teachers walk by a sheet dividing the boys classrooms from the girls’ at a makeshift school near the Afghan/Pakistan border in Khost province. The school was set up by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) inside a refugee camp for…

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An Uzbeki Afghan woman & her daughter gather bracken for a cooking fire at a refugee returnee settlement known as Qaulin Bafan outside Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. The settlement, facilitated by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is home to 83…

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Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan

It’s hard to fathom just how many Yazidi people have left their villages, homes and family members behind in Sinjar, to the west of Mosul in Iraqi Kurdistan. Most recent estimates have the number of displaced at around 450,000. The…

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Turkey/Syria Border

After a day of heavy street fighting in Kobani and only a few air strikes from the U.S.-led coalition, late in the afternoon cheers erupted from Kurds gathered in fields, hills and on rooftops along the Turkish border. Two explosions–perhaps…

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Turkey/Syria Border

Turkish forces disperse a crowd of Kurds with tear gas as they watched Kobani come under attack from ISIS militants from Mursitpinar on the Turkish side of the border with Syria. Andrew Quilty / Oculi for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Turkey/Syria Border

Although countless Syrian Kurds remained queued at the one functioning border crossing into Turkey, the number passing through slowed to a trickle this afternoon. Some of those crossing have been waiting more than two weeks, watching their livestock die and…

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Paris, France

Joe gives his mum, Kylie a few tips on the guitar but doesn’t appear to need any in pulling off a good Joni Mitchell impression. Andrew Quilty / Oculi. 20.9.2014

Hossegor, France

Carol and Stefan on a dozey Sunday afternoon in the car park at Les Estagnots. Andrew Quilty / Oculi. 14.9.2014

Hossegor, France

The third flat battery of the morning amongst surfers and their fleet of vans that descend on the beach car parks around Hossegor on the Basque Coast of France in the summer and Autumn months when the weather and surf…

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Mosul Dam, Iraq

Fadhil Barwari, the Kurdish head of the Iraqi Special Forces, surrounded by jubilant Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers on the road that runs through Mosul Dam, which, with the help of US air strikes was wrested back from Islamic…

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Iraq/Syria Border

A Yazidi man from Sinjar slept outside a ruined house at Peshkhabor on the border of the Kurdish region of Iraqi and Syria. He and his extended family spent three days in the mountains with only enough water to feed…

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Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Bamiyan, high up the mountains in Afghanistan’s north has often been considered somewhat of a sanctuary in a country riven with war in recent decades. The population is almost entirely Hazara – predominantly Shia Muslims – and an ethnicity often…

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Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Crossing the Bamiyan River that runs through the town centre alongside the bazaar. Andrew Quilty / Oculi. 19.7.2014


The remains of an insurgent killed by Afghan forces in Qasaba today. Five attackers were killed after they launched an attack on Kabul Military Airport, firing dozens of rocket propelled grenades from 4:30am this morning. Andrew Quilty / Oculi 17.7.2014


Just after dusk in central Kabul during Ramadan and all the Kabab is gone in a puff of… ahh… smoke. Andrew Quilty / Oculi. 15.7.2014


Another common sight in Afghanistan. These boys ride either bicycles or donkeys with filthy, makeshift saddlebags that nearly reach the ground. They’re filled with food scraps that the boys then sell to sheep and goat herders for their flocks. Andrew…

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Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

Mattresses laid out on the basketball court at The Ainkawa School for Girls in Erbil where some 450 Iraqis from the Christian village of Qarakosh have sought shelter after fighting between ISIL militants and Peshmerga forces saw them flee. Andrew…

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Iraqi Kurdistan

Helping dad out at Khazar refugee camp. The camp grew again today with a 50-odd family-sized tents forming new ribs across the landscape as family’s continued to flee Mosul and the surrounding region under ISIL control. Andrew Quilty / Oculi….

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One last afternoon in Kabul before heading to Iraq. All was strangely calm and quiet here today. The streets were empty aside from the chaotic traffic jams at military control points across the city. The car horns gave way to…

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Badakhshan, Afghanistan

The delivery of aid to the survivors of last Friday’s landslide disaster in Badakhshan Province caused clashes between villagers and police who fired warning shots to disperse the crowd yesterday. The mood is somewhat less tense today but distribution is…

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Down the hill from the tomb of the late Vice President of Afghanistan, Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, a soldier on a small military outpost littered with Soviet tanks does a full body workout using a canon barrel. Andrew Quilty /…

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Not every day you see a Volks Wagen in Afghanistan. Andrew Quilty / Oculi. 20.4.2014.


The approach to Kabul. There’s plenty to love about this country. Andrew Quilty / Oculi. 7.4.2014

Killarney, Sydney

In the drizzling rain this morning Marco constructed a self-supporting helix from fallen branches around the property. He plans to set it alight at dusk on the upcoming winter solstice.

Bronte, Sydney

About the time the pre-storm mass exodus began at Bronte this afternoon. Andrew Quilty / Oculi. 15.3.2014

Iraqi Kurdistan

On main roads of towns throughout Iraqi Kurdistan, boys can be found selling bunches of Jonquils for around $US1 to passing drivers. Andrew Quilty/Oculi. 27.2.2014


#Girls on #piano in #Afghanistan. Not dissimilar to throwing a shoe at a #president in the #US.

Helmand, Afghanistan

Laskar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan. In Boost Hospital in the provincial capital, a young girl who suffered burns to over 50% of her body lies in an observation room after an accident with an oil lamp at home. Boost Hospital is…

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Tea House, Kabul, Afghanistan. For a new visitor, attempts to pay are futile. Andrew Quilty / Oculi. 13.2.2014.

Kabul, Afghanistan. Andrew Quilty / Oculi


Day 2 in Kabul. A photographer’s paradox. Passing countless, incredible scenes of Afghan daily life in a car. In most other places you’d pull over, jump out and take it all in. Here, it’s not always advisable to leave the…

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This one was from early in the morning, not far from my little guesthouse. The man on the left had lost a leg to a land mine and since setup shop as a hair dresser in a tiny roadside shack…

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Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan

This is a small fraction of the crowd at a game of #Buzkashi. It’s a game that the Panjshiris are much feared in and one which really has to be seen to be believed. A headless#goat is the main focus of attention…

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Kabul, Afghanistan

Sorry to those who’ve already seen this but for those who haven’t, follow me over at @burndiary where I’ve been given the run of the account for the week. This was a post from two days ago (them’s the rules at@burndiary) of a…

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Kabul, Afghanistan

From last week’s @burndiary contribution. This was taken from the top floor of the bombed out Darulaman Palace in southern Kabul. Security guards played volleyball in the forecourt of the nearly 100 year old palace which has been out of action since…

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#Friday morning madness at the #bird #market. #Kabul, #Afghanistan.

Kabul, Afghanistan

#Friday morning madness at the #bird #market.#Kabul, #Afghanistan.

Sunday themed Instagram post. On the edge of Quobayat, a Christian village island in a Muslim sea. The Syrian border within view.


Sunday themed Instagram post. On the edge of Quobayat, a Christian village island in a Muslim sea. The Syrian border within view.

Islam is the central aspect of the lives of residents of Qabaait in northern Lebanon. Khoder Osman, is never without his prayer beads. Osman lost his son and daughter when they drowned after the boat that they'd hoped would take them to Christmas Island, sank off Indonesia. Andrew Quilty / Oculi.

Suffering on Two Fronts in Lebanon

A story that Claire Stewart and I worked on in northern Lebanon was recently published by The Guardian. The small, mountain village of Qabaait is now littered with the graves of 17 residents who risked the perilous boat journey from…

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Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Aftermath of a Suicide Attack in Kabul

At 7:20pm last Friday evening, Claire and I were sitting by the fire in our little room in Kabul, basking in the weary satisfaction of what was one of the best days of our six weeks in Afghanistan yet, a…

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Roadside IDP camp. Herat, Afghanistan. Andrew Quilty / Oculi


I’ve been in Afghanistan – for the first time – for about three weeks now. Travelling with friend and writer, Claire Stewart, we’ve been working on a few stories, mostly from Kabul. Late last week though, we headed for the…

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'Pebbles' smokes a joint on the street where he and some of his homosexual friends often gather by night.

Illegal homosexuality in Jamaica for Tetu (Fr.)

Photos from a story I shot in Kingston, Jamaica were recently published in French magazine, Tetu. The story, by Ratiba Hamzaoui, concerns the lives of gay people in Jamaica where persecution is rife and homosexuality itself is illegal. Ratiba and I followed a small group of…

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Once upon a time I was staunchly against Instagram. Like most things that we’re afraid of (or “anti”) though, I hadn’t tried it before I’d begun to knock it. I was even a dissenting voice in a story by the…

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Photo © Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Storm Front over Manhattan

Those in New York City will recall this thunder storm that came out of nowhere on Saturday afternoon. From my roof in Bushwick, looking west towards Manhattan, this was the second, defined storm front I’d watched come from the same…

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Photo © Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Fresh out of the scanner

With a daunting backlog of negatives waiting to be scanned, I recently made my way through a few rolls that I’d shot in Cuba in 2010. Cuba is well known as a photographers paradise and I shot more than my…

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Photo © Andrew Quilty / Oculi

A Return to the scene

Four months after covering Hurricane Sandy from the Jersey Shore, I returned for a small assignment for GEO lino – German GEO’s children’s magazine. After photographing and interviewing a young girl who had experienced the Hurricane, with a couple of…

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Photo © Andrew Quilty / Oculi

Photographing a new home town

One of the first lessons in photography that I was taught by my Uncle Mark was that you didn’t necessarily need new and ‘exciting’ people and places to make good photographs. That the same stretch of road that you walk…

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Andrew Quilty / Oculi for TIME Magazine

Fabiola Gianotti – TIME Discoverer of the year

The Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti who led one of the experiments responsible for confirming the existence of The Higgs Boson Particle was, this week named The Discoverer by TIME Magazine and number 5 in its Person of The Year list….

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David Alan Harvey

Here’s a second portrait from the recent Semi-Permanent creative conference in Sydney. David Alan Harvey’s work has inspired me since I bought a Spanish version of his book Divided Soul. I couldn’t read the text but with the photographs along…

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Kelli Anderson

Semi-Permanent Portraits

Here’s the first of a few portraits shot at Semi-Permanent, Sydney a little while ago that I’ll be throwing up for all to see. Kelly Anderson, a New York-based designer cum jack-of-all-creative-trades. Everything she presented – from a wedding invitation…

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NEW WORK :: Blue Highways, USA

Hi all, my most recent body of work, Blue Highways, USA (Part 1) will be exhibited at Maunsell Wickes @ Barry Stern Galleries from May 1. Hope you can make it along for a peak. aq.


New Video – Ben Quilty at Work

While shooting Ben for The Good Weekend recently, I also managed to put together this very short clip of him at work. It shows a painting from its genesis – a blank canvas and an uncertain sitter – to an…

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Albe Falzon

Albe Falzon, Creator of The Morning of The Earth

A few days up the coast illustrating a story on the history, mystery and characters of the NSW North Coast by Nick Carroll for The AFR Magazine saw me knocking on the door of one of modern surfing’s cult hero’s…

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Botanical Gardens, Sydney

From the archives

I came across this picture while trawling through the archives recently. It was taken on November 4, 2006 during a protest march against global warming. The march ended at the Botanical Gardens where I came across this quiet moment amongst…

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Tugi Balog, founder of Graphic Art Mounts framing business as well as The May Lane project - a street gallery for street artists.

Tugi Balog

I recently photographed Sydney underground artists hero, Tugi Balog. As well as running the thriving framing business, Graphic Art Mount, Tugi’s pet project and passion is street art and graffiti. His contribution to this world is The May Lane Art Project…

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Here the tail of a whale can be seen above the surface of the water.

Whales migrating south off Maroubra Beach

I awoke yesterday morning to the sight of a small pod of whales splashing around a few hundred meters off the beach out the front of my place at Maroubra. The 3 humpbacks, which included a small calf were heading…

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Cape Solander, Sydney. Sunday 24 July 2011. Photo by Andrew Quilty.


The second significant Southerly swell in a fortnight was airbrushed by light offshore winds the day-long on Sunday the 24th July. From the front door step at South Maroubra to Cape Solander across Botany Bay, here are a few of…

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Outside The Cathedral of San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas State.

The Mexicans – in its entirety

After all the teasers, sneak peaks and previews – here’s a more comprehensive selection of the work. Enjoy… aq

Dudz and Pete in Kush on the way to Calinga.

24 hours by The Murrumbidgee

This is my favorite part of the whole photography thing; Give the pictures back to those that gave them. It’s a little reportage of a 24 hour period over the recent long weekend, spent driving 5 hours south west of…

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New body of work – Cyclone Yasi Aftermath

Hi all, I’ve just uploaded a short slideshow featuring work from a short period in Far North Queensland following Cyclone Yasi.


Queensland Flood series

Please have a look at this series of black white panoramic landscapes from my time in Queensland whilst on assignment for The New York Times during the recent flood disaster.

The Sierra de los Cardos, Zacatecas

Sierra de Los Cardos, Zacatecas, Mexico

As I continue to trawl through hundreds of rolls of film from my travels last year I thought I’d show a couple of tit-bits from along the way. This is the view from the top of a mountain range in…

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