Trent Parke

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Trent Parke (born 1971) is an Australian photographer. He has created a number of photography books; won numerous national and international awards including four World Press Photo Awards; and his photographs are held in numerous public and private collections. He is a member of Magnum Photos.

Life and work[edit]

Parke was born and brought up in Newcastle (NSW); he now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He started photography when he was twelve. He has worked as a photojournalist for The Australian newspaper.

Martin Parr and Gerry Badger say that Parke's first book Dream/Life is "as dynamic a set of street pictures as has been seen outside the United States or Japan".[1]

In 2003 he and his wife, the photographer Narelle Autio, made a 90,000 km trip around Australia, resulting in Parke's series and book Minutes to Midnight.[2]

Parke became a member of the In-Public street photography collective in 2001.[3] He became a Magnum Photos nominee in 2002 and a member in 2007; the first Australian invited to join.[4][5]


Books with contributions by Parke[edit]

  • So now then. Cardiff: Ffotogallery, 2006. ISBN 9781872771656. Edited by Paul Seawright and Christopher Coppock. Photographs by Parke, Shelby Lee Adams, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Chien-Chi Chang, Weng Fen, Julio Grinblatt, An-My Lê Susan Meiselas, Boris Mikhailov, Simon Norfolk, Paul Shambroom, Massimo Vitali and Michael Wesely. Essays by David Campany, "Straight pictures of a crooked world"; Martha Langford, "What use is photography"; and Jan-Erik Lundström, "Look and tell: some further thoughts on the documentary genre". An anthology of international documentary photography commissioned by Hereford Photo Festival. Edition of 1000.
  • A Year in Photography: Magnum Archive. Munich: Prestel; New York, Paris, London, Tokyo: Magnum Photos, 2010. ISBN 978-3-7913-4435-5.
  • 10 – 10 Years of In-Public. London: Nick Turpin, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9563322-1-9.
  • Magnum Contact Sheets. Edited by Kristen Lubben.
  • The Street Photographer's Manual. London: Thames & Hudson, 2014. ISBN 978-0-500-29130-6. By David Gibson. Includes a chapter on Parke.


  • 1996/98 – 5 Gold Lenses, International Olympic Committee.[6]
  • 1999 – Second prize, Daily Life category, World Press Photo Award (for "Bathurst Car Races").[7]
  • 2000
    • Second prize, Daily Life stories category, World Press Photo Award 1999 (for "The Seventh Wave").[8]
    • Canon photo essay prize, Sasakawa World Sports Awards.[6]
  • 2001 – First prize, Nature stories category, World Press Photo Award 2000, with Narelle Autio (for "Australian Roadkill" series).[9]
  • 2003 – W. Eugene Smith Award for humanistic photography.[6]
  • 2005 – Third prize, Daily Life category, World Press Photo Award 2004 (for "Wiluna").[10]
  • 2007 – Exhibiting Finalist – Australian National Photographic Portrait Prize.[11]
  • 2014
    • Winner of Photography category, Prudential Eye Awards by Global Eye Program.[12]
    • Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2015, Gold medal, Konzeptionell-künstlerische Fotobildbänd (Conceptually-artistic photobook) category, went to Steidl for Minutes to Midnight, along with three other winners.[13]


  • 2000 – The Seventh Wave (with Narelle Autio) – Stills Gallery, Sydney[4]
  • 2002
    • Dream/Life and The Seventh Wave (with Narelle Autio) – Canvas International Art Gallery, Amsterdam[4]
    • Dva Pivo Prosim (Two Beers Please) (with Narelle Autio) – Stills Gallery, Sydney[14]
    • Sydney Treasures, Art & About, Sydney[4]
    • Dream/Life & Beyond – Stills Gallery, Sydney[14]
  • 2004
    • Dream/Life and The Seventh Wave (with Narelle Autio) – FotoFreo Photographic Festival, Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle[4]
    • Dream/Life and The Seventh Wave (with Narelle Autio) – Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York[4]
    • Suspended States, Sydney Arts Festival[4]
    • Minutes to Midnight – Part One, Leica Gallery, Germany[4]
  • 2005
    • Minutes to Midnight, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney[15]
    • Colour Work, Stills Gallery, Sydney[16]
  • 2006 – Minutes to Midnight, Wollongong City Gallery[17]
  • 2007 – Welcome to Nowhere, Stills Gallery, Sydney. Part of New Blood, Magnum Photos 60th anniversary exhibition. With Antoine D'Agata, Jonas Bendiksen, Mark Power and Alec Soth.[18][5]
  • 2008 – Christmas Tree Bucket, Stills Gallery, Sydney[4]
  • 2009
    • Minutes to Midnight, Children's Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia[4]
    • Please step quietly everyone can hear you, Sydney Opera House[4]

Public collections[edit]



  1. ^ Martin Parr; Gerry Badger (2014). The Photobook: A History, Volume III. London: Phaidon. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-7148-6677-2. 
  2. ^ "Trent Parke", Magnum Photos (London: Thames & Hudson, 2008; ISBN 978-0-500-41094-3), n.p.
  3. ^ "Trent Parke". In-Public. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Trent Parke", Stills Gallery. Accessed 14 August 2009.
  5. ^ a b McFarlane, Robert (21 August 2007). "Magnum uncorks champagne moments". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 March 2014. New Blood at Stills Gallery features Soth and four other new members of Magnum Photos, including Trent Parke, the first Australian invited to join the agency. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Trent Parke", Magnum Photos. Accessed 14 August 2009.
  7. ^ "1998, Trent Parke, 2nd prize, Daily Life". World Press Photo. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "1999, Trent Parke, 2nd prize, Daily Life stories". World Press Photo. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "2000, Narelle Autio & Trent Parke, 1st prize, Nature stories". World Press Photo. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "2004, Trent Parke, 3rd prize, Daily Life". World Press Photo. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, NPPP2007". Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Trent Parke (Australia)". Parallel Contemporary Art. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Die Sieger 2015". Deutscher Fotobuchpreis. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Exhibition notices, Stills Gallery. Accessed 15 August 2009.
  15. ^ 2005 events, Australian Centre for Photography. Accessed 15 August 2009.
  16. ^ Exhibition notice, Stills Gallery. Accessed 15 August 2009.
  17. ^ Events page, Stills Gallery. Accessed 15 August 2009.
  18. ^ "Magnum Photos: New Blood". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 March 2014. Photographic cooperative Magnum is celebrating its 60th anniversary with an exhibition across two venues that brings together the work of five Associate Members: Antoine D'Agata, Jonas Bendiksen, Trent Parke, Mark Power and Alec Soth. 

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