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Trent Parke

Shark Bay, WA from the series 'Welcome to Nowhere' 2006

Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2007

C type print, framed

128.9 × 156 × 4.6cm
114 × 145cm

About the Artwork

Trent Parke works primarily as a social documentary photographer. He has travelled extensively around Australia photographing scenes in small towns and regional centres in particular that convey the particular quality of their environments and lives lived within them. A surreal approach to landscape is apparent in Parke’s photograph Shark Bay WA, from the series Welcome to Nowhere (2006). Depicting scenes from this coastal community in Western Australia, the images from this series, with their strongly contrasting colours featuring dark undertones, create a feeling of dreamlike intensity. Dramatic and moody, Parke’s images often have a sense of surreal humour, here seen by the sight of the town being occupied by a parade of emus.

Trent Parke

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b.1971

Trent Parke born in 1971 in Newcastle, began his career as a press photojournalist and in 2007 joined the Magnum Photo Agency as the first Australian photo essayist to do so. Parke has been awarded three World Press Photo Awards, five Gold Lenses by the International Olympic Committee, and in 2003 was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.

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