Narelle Autio

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Narelle Autio
Narelle Autio

1969 (age 49–50)
Spouse(s)Trent Parke
AwardsWalkley Awards (2000, 2002)
Oskar Barnack Award (2002)
World Press Photo award (2000, 2002)

Narelle Autio (born 1969) is an Australian photographer. Autio is a member of the In-Public street photography collective and is a founding member of the Oculi photographic agency. She is married to the photographer Trent Parke, with whom she often collaborates.

Autio began exhibiting in 2000, collaborating with her husband Parke on The Seventh Wave. This was followed in 2002 by the series Not of this Earth. Her solo show in 2004, Watercolours, continued her exploration of Australians at leisure. She followed this in 2010 with the show The Summer of Us, a document of what is left behind on the beach, naturally and by humankind.

She has won two Walkley Awards for journalism, and two first prize World Press Photo awards and the Oskar Barnack Award for photography.


Autio was born and raised in Adelaide, completing her Visual Arts degree at the University of South Australia. She began her career as a photojournalist at the Adelaide Advertiser before leaving Australia in 1994. She travelled extensively throughout the USA and Europe. In England she worked for numerous UK national newspapers as well as Australia's News Limited London bureau. Returning home in 1998 she worked as a staff photographer at the Sydney Morning Herald until 2003.

In 2001[1] and 2006,[2] Autio was selected in the Australian Art Collector magazine's "Australia's 50 Most Collectable Artists".

Autio joined the In-Public street photography collective in 2001.[3] She is a founding member of Oculi, an independent, collective photographic agency.[citation needed] Her work is distributed by Agence Vu.[4] She is based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Publications with contributions by Autio[edit]

  • 10 – 10 Years of In-Public. London: Nick Turpin, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9563322-1-9.
  • The Street Photographer's Manual. London: Thames & Hudson, 2014. ISBN 978-0-500-29130-6. By David Gibson. Includes a chapter on Autio.


  • The Summation of Force – eight channel film directed by Autio, Parke and Matthew Bate[5][6]



  • 2000: The Seventh Wave (with Trent Parke), Stills Gallery, Sydney.[13]
  • 2002: Not of this Earth, Stills Gallery, Sydney.[14]
  • 2002: Dva Pivo Prosim (Two Beers Please) (with Trent Parke). Stills Gallery, Sydney.[15]
  • 2002–2004: Dream/Life and The Seventh Wave (with Trent Parke). Canvas International Art Gallery, Amsterdam, 2002;[13] FotoFreo Photographic Festival, Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle, 2004;[13] Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, 2004.[13]
  • 2010: The Summer of Us. Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.[16]
  • 2012: Water Hole. Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.[17]
  • 2013: To the Sea (with Trent Parke), Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.[18]


  1. ^ "Australia's 50 Most Collectable Artists". Art Collector. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  2. ^ "50 of Australia's Most Collectable Artists". Art Collector. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Narelle Autio". In-Public. Archived from the original on 12 February 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Photographers". Agence Vu. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  5. ^ Buckmaster, Luke (6 October 2017). "If virtual reality is film's next big thing, how long will it take to get right?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  6. ^ "Trent Parke and Narelle Autio's The Summation of Force - The Adelaide Review". The Adelaide Review. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  7. ^ "Autio, Narelle (1969 - )". Retrieved 27 December 2011.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "2000, Narelle Autio & Trent Parke, 1st prize, Nature stories". World Press Photo. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Herald cleans up in Walkleys, taking gold". 29 November 2002. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  10. ^ "2001, Narelle Autio, 1st prize, Arts and Entertainment". World Press Photo. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Narelle Autio Archived 25 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine" (PDF), Michael Reid. Accessed 18 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Beach pictures: It's just another prize-winning day out there", Sydney Morning Herald, 15 April 2002. Accessed 24 May 2014.
  13. ^ a b c d "Narelle Autio". Stills Gallery. Archived from the original on 2013-07-18. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  14. ^ Narelle Autio - Not of this Earth, Stills Gallery. Accessed 30 January 2017
  15. ^ Exhibition notices, Stills Gallery. Accessed 15 August
  16. ^ "Narelle Autio – The Summer of Us". Hugo Michell Gallery.
  17. ^ "Narelle Autio – Water hole". Hugo Michell Gallery. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Narelle Autio & Trent Parke – To the Sea". Hugo Michell Gallery. Retrieved 9 May 2015.