Paul Blackmore documented in his first book ‘Australians: Responses to the Land (1999)’ how the tough Australian environment animates and influences Australian culture.
The exhibition ‘Australians’ at Fox Gallery expands on the acclaimed series. The more recent works revisits the themes of the landscape and belonging but focuses mainly on the Australian coast. In particular a dynamic culture laid bare amidst the waters and beaches of the east coast beneath an ever hotter sun.
Blackmore’s many photo essays and stories, published in such international media as Time, L’Express, Le Monde and Geo, have established him as a much sought-after collectable photographer. He has gained prominence through his exhibitions at Camera One New York, Stills Gallery Sydney, Perpignan France and the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne. In 2010 a series of photos from At Water’s Edge were exhibited at the esteemed Biennale D’Limage France and in 2012, at the Leonardo Museum Salt Lake City.
Blackmore is one of a new generation of photojournalists – reporters of reality – whose elegant, coherent and enduring observations function as both valuable records of social change and stunning fine-art images.