CLIFTON CONVERSATIONS – Caroline Baum in conversation with photographer STEPHEN DUPONT
CSA members are invited to can join CAROLINE BAUM in live Zoom conversation with world renowned photographer STEPHEN DUPONT on Thursday 20 August at 5pm.
Stephen Dupont is an Australian artist who works with photography and documentary film. He is mostly committed to long term personal projects. Born in Sydney in 1967, he grew up in the western suburbs and Southern Highlands under tough social conditions and displacement, with social worker parents, who were full-time carers of state wards. Stephen is recognised around the world for his concerned photography on the human condition, war and climate. His images have received international acclaim for their artistic integrity and valuable insight into the people, culture and communities that are fast disappearing from our world.
Dupont’s work has earned him photography’s most prestigious prizes, including a 2005 Robert Capa Gold Medal citation and the 2015 Olivier Rebbot Award from the Overseas Press Club of America; a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize; and first places in the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, the Australian Walkleys, and Leica/CCP Documentary Award. In 2007 he was the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for his ongoing project on Afghanistan. In 2010 he received the Gardner Fellowship at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.
In 2017 his one man theatrical show “Don’t Look Away” world premiered at the Museum of Old & New Art (MONA) as part of Mona Mofo (MONA’s festival of Music and Art). Performances continued at Sydney’s Eternity Playhouse Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art MCA and at the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Dupont has twice been an official war artist for the Australian War Memorial for his photography, with commissions in The Solomon Islands (2013) and Afghanistan (2012).
He holds a Masters degree in Philosophy and is regularly invited to give public talks about photography, film and his life in Australia and around the world.
His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Aperture, Newsweek, Time, Matador, Polka Magazine, GQ, Esquire, French and German GEO, Le Figaro, Liberation, The Smithsonian, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Independent, The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, Stern, The Australian Financial Review Magazine, Interview and Vanity Fair.
Dupont has held major exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, Sydney, Canberra, Tokyo, and Shanghai, and at Perpignan’s Visa Pour L’Image, China’s Ping Yao and Holland’s Noorderlicht festivals.
Dupont’s handmade photographic artist books and portfolios are in some of the world’s leading collections, including, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Australian War Memorial, The New York Public Library, Berlin and Munich National Art Libraries, Stanford University, Yale University, Boston Athenaeum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Joy of Giving Something Inc.