Sage (photographer)

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Sage, born in Porthcawl in Wales in 1963, is a photographer who has been shooting celebrities, corporate moguls and International personalities for over 25 years.[citation needed] His photographic career spans several continents including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Sage completed his training as a documentary photographer at the University of Wales in the UK, studying with Magnum photographer David Hurn. Sage's first photographed Welsh miners and their families during the UK miners' strike during the late 1980s.[1] More recently, Sage completed a series of photographs featuring miners in Western Australia.

Sage commenced his career working on a variety of newspapers in the United States. His work includes photo journalism, documentary, and of course portraiture. His work has been featured in many publications both here and overseas including, Vogue, GQ, Australian Geo and The Australian Financial Review.

Immigrating to Australia in 1989, Sage was the first photographer on the Sydney Morning Herald to have his work published using his name professional name "Sage", and not a first and last name. He was also one of the first photographers who began desaturating colour in his work in Australia.

In 2000 Sage has his own retrospective at the acclaimed Lens Gallery in Sydney. The show, "Celebrity or Not," featured over sixty of his portraits and was opened by Andrew Sayers, former Director of The National Portrait Gallery. Soon after, Sage was asked to be part of "Glossy", a group show of local and international celebrity photographers at The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra Australia. Here Sage's work was featured for the techniques he used, including lith prints, selenium, poly and gold tone prints.

Several of Sages's photographs, including Nora Heysen, Lewis Morley, Cate Blanchett, and Bernie McGann are kept in The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra

Spike Milligan, Lee Kwaun Yew, Cate Blanchett, Ian Thorpe, Roman Polanski, and Elvis Costello[1][2] are only a few of the many people Sage has previously shot, and his extensive portfolio can be viewed on request. His corporate clients include Telstra, The Wallabies, Westpac, Newmont Asia Pac and many other top editorial clients throughout the world over the span of his career.


  1. ^ a b "National Portrait Gallery, Canberra - Nora Heysen inside her home, Hunters Hill, Sydney, 2000". Retrieved 2012-08-17.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "test" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ Portrait Gallery, National. "Photographs by Sage". Spike Milligan by Sage. National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  • Glossy Techniques, National Portrait Gallery, The. "Previous Exhibitions". Glossy. The National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  • Portrait of Lewis by Sage, in Lewis Morley: I to Eye, published by T&G Publishing, 2011

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