CROSSING THE DIVIDE- 7 AUSSIE FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS MOVING INTO THE ART WORLD | BURO 24/7 AUSTRALIA

The line between fashion and art is a very blurry one. Having a reputable career in fashion photography and making the shift to the realm of art is not an easy transition, however one that has worked considerably well for the following creatives.

The majority of shutterbugs on this list started their careers’ in fashion and have continued to push the boundaries of contemporary picture making to reflect a modern consciousness either through collaborations with like-minded individuals who fuel the flames of creativity, or by looking within to find wells of untapped inspiration.

BART CELESTINO
With ample art gallery time now up his sleeve, Celestino is no stranger to making modern pieces for contemporary gallery spaces. His initial exhibition entitled ‘Surface Phenomena’ was not only hung on walls and shared online, but printed in beautiful publication (designed by Narelle Brewer and published by Perimeter Editions in Melbourne), proving Celestino understands the multifaceted nature of modern imagery production and content consumption. Also one half of an uber creative couple (the other being the incredible editorial photographer Bec Parsons), the duo produce LOVE WANT magazine twice a year, a platform for their combined love of creative content. With his most recent show at Nishi Gallery in Canberra, Celestino has a busy 2018 with another exhibition planned and two books in the works. Watch this space.

GEORGES ANTONI
Featured in basically every major fashion mag possible, from Vanity fair to Vogue, Antoni is the father of fashion photography in Australia and soon to be ACTUAL father, with his first born expected in May. (A huge Congrats to the happy couple- this baby has won the genetic and parent lottery!). Antoni has always been one to push the boundaries of contemporary photography, showing his first art exhibition ‘Wabi Sabi’ at Sun Studios back in 2012 which was rooted in highlighting the acceptance of imperfection and transience. Antoni is continuing his vision towards reflecting those ephemeral notions all artists have in their psyche with his most recent collaborative, raw and experimental venture set to open in a few months with yours truly. For more info please visit The Fin Collection

GARY HEERY
Heery’s career as a portrait photographer has spanned many decades and since returning from the USA to Australia back in1987, he has continued his love of capturing deep and alluring portraits on home soil. Having photographed nearly every prominent Australian icon in such a timeless fashion, he has since branched out to something even wilder in his statuesque photos of monochromatic equestrian beauty, Irving Penn-esque floral portraits and colorful bird life. Timeless beauty with a profound connection to mortality and passion- a divine balance. Prints for sale here.

JULI BALLA
With a photographic career that has already spanned two decades, Balla has established herself as the Queen of the cinematic effect and effortlessly captures moments that are polished yet carefree. Creating her own narratives, Balla’s work features a rich cast of characters frozen in time, in moments left for the viewer to decipher and deduce. Beautiful limited editions of her work can be found here.

TED O’DONNELL (AND VICKI LEE)
Incomplete in this new artistic venture without his other half, the power package of Ted O’Donnell and Vicki Lee has been featured on a copious social feeds and fashionable walls. Working together, O’Donnell and Lee are proving that the dynamism between photographer and artist is a productive and effective means of communicating their watery wonderland and sensual, visual language . Prints available here.

CLAUDIA SMITH
With her gentle documentation of the female form, Smith is holding her first solo exhibition entitled ‘Astrid’ on January 24th 2018 at GoodSpace Gallery (Lvl 1 115 Regent St, Chippendale NSW 2008) in Sydney. Showing for one night only, ‘Astrid’ is an ‘enigmatic body of work that aims to capture feelings of transient contentedness in a natural environment’. A practice steeped in stillness, Smith photographed model Stephanie Carta in the first and last hours of light in her hometown of Byron Bay. Show starts at 6pm- do NOT miss it.

DEREK HENDERSON
A predominant part of the Australian fashion industry for many years, Henderson’s creative vision seems to entwine organically with the natural environment in many of his projects. Visually narrating the rich tapestry of both the Australian and New Zealand landscape, Henderson’s work straddles the divide between the modern and classic, perfect for producing artwork that maintains its place not only in the home but in our national psyche. Works can be found here.

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