Trent Parke

Australian, b. 1971

Trent Parke was born in 1971 and raised in Newcastle, New South Wales. Using his mother's Pentax Spotmatic and the family laundry as a darkroom, he began taking pictures when he was around 12 years old. Today, Parke, the only Australian photographer to be represented by Magnum, works primarily as a street photographer.

In 2003, with wife and fellow photographer Narelle Autio, Parke drove almost 90,000 km (56,000 miles) around Australia. Minutes to Midnight, the collection of photographs from this journey, offers a sometimes disturbing portrait of twenty-first century Australia, from the desiccated outback to the chaotic, melancholic vitality of life in remote Aboriginal towns. For this project Parke was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.

Parke won World Press Photo Awards in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005, and in 2006 was granted the ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award. He was selected to be part of the World Press Photo Masterclass in 1999. Parke has published two books, Dream/Life in 1999, and The Seventh Wave with Narelle Autio in 2000. His work has been exhibited widely. In 2006 the National Gallery of Australia acquired Parke's entire Minutes to Midnight exhibition.


2005       World Press Photo Award ( for “Wiluna”)
2003       Eugene W. Smith Award for humanistic photography
2001       World Press Photo Award (for “Australian Roadkill” series)
2000       Canon photo essay prize, Sasakawa World Sports Awards
2000       World Press Photo Award (for “The Seventh Wave”)
1999       World Press Photo Award (for “Bathurst Car Races”)
1996/98  Gold Lens, International Olympic Committee (5)


2005       Colour Work, Stills Gallery, Sydney
              Minutes to Midnight, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2004       Minutes to Midnight - Part One, Leica Gallery, Germany
              Suspended States, Sydney Arts Festival
2002       Dream/Life & Beyond - Stills Gallery, Sydney
              Sydney Treasures, Art & About, Sydney

with Narelle Autio
2004       Dream/Life & the Seventh Wave -Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York 
              FotoFreo Photographic Festival, Western Australian Maritime Museum, 
2002       Dva Pivo Prosim (Two Beers Please) - Stills Gallery, Sydney
              Dream/Life and The Seventh Wave, Canvas International Art Gallery, Amsterdam
2000       The Seventh Wave, Stills Gallery, Paddington


National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
National Maritime Museum
University of Sydney Union
Numerous private collections


2005       Minutes to Midnight, Filigranes
2000       The Seventh Wave, Hot Chilli Press
1999       Dream Life, Hot Chilli Press