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5 Top Australian Photographers to inspire you

by Elizabeth Harmon

Are you passionate about photography? Are you never without your camera and do you take photos at every opportunity? Have you ever considered turning this passion into a rewarding career? You would have lots of options, from working for a photography company or setting up your own business. You could photograph wildlife, become a wedding photographer, photograph products for brands and much more.

A good way to get inspired is to look at other talented professional photographers. With so much talent to choose from though, it’s a challenge to create a list of the greatest Australian photographers of all time. We’ve therefore pulled together a small selection of photographers that captured our attention:

1. Dan Paris

Who remembers Drew Kirk in the TV soap, Neighbours? Following on from his spell as an actor, Dan bought a camera and followed his love of the wilderness. He’s now a successful Freelance Photographer and Videographer. His key focus is landscape photography, but he does photograph other areas while working with marketing companies and running workshops.

2. Tracey Moffatt

Tracy is an extremely talented artist, creating numerous films and documentaries. However, she is perhaps most famous for her photographic work, which has gone on to appear in multiple galleries around the world. Gallery appearances include the Tate Gallery in London, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, among others. Her work is deep and thought-provoking, delving deeper into areas such as childhood trauma, displacement as well as popular Australia culture.

3. Liu Xiaoxian

Liu didn’t always plan to be a photographer. Starting his career as an engineer, he later gave this up to pursue his passion for photography. In his work, he often studies the differences between the East and the West, delving deeper into issues like politics, religion and gender.

4. Trent Parke

Trent is a phenomenal photographer. He has won numerous national and international awards for his innovative work, with his photos appearing in several public and private collections. His passion for photography started at a young age, taking pictures from around 12 years old. He started his career as a press photojournalist before creating more personal work. His photos now are highly inspired by everyday life, include an element of self-reflection and have a key focus on street photography.

5. Ken Duncan

Returning home from New York in the 1980’s Ken had a new aim – to see photography more widely accepted in Australia. Through passion and drive (and a lot of travelling), Ken is one of Australia’s most acclaimed landscape photographers. In 2009, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), by the Australian Government, for his services to the arts. It’s clear to say that Ken’s goal has also been achieved. Many people have been inspired by his work and have chosen to take up photography. Some have even chosen to emulate his panoramic style.

How do photographers become successful?

Becoming a successful photographer requires a lot of time, effort and dedication. What you can learn from all these photographers, though, is that they have a massive passion for photography that helps drive them to success.

If you have a passion for photography and want to make this into a rewarding career, but don’t know where to start, you may want to consider developing your skills with a course. At Open Colleges, we have a brand-new course that we hope will excite you. CUA41115 Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging will not only teach you about basic photographic principles like colour, lighting and editing. You’ll learn about how the industry works, commercial photography as well as how to work and succeed in the photography business. You’ll also learn how to provide freelancing services.

We hope this list of top Australian photographers has inspired you to turn your passion for photography into an exciting and prosperous career.

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