Trent Parke was born in 1971, he was raised in Newcastle, New South Wales and is the first Australian to become a Full Member of the renowned photographers’ cooperative Magnum Photo Agency. When he was little he use to use the laundry room as a dark room. He had began taking photography’s at the age of 12. Today he now works as a street photography and therefore received many awards such as the World Press Photo Awards- 1999, 2000 , 2001 and 2005. In 2006 he was awarded the ABN AMRO emerging artist award. He has also received the prestigious W Eugene Smith Award for humanistic photography in 2003, for his epic road trip around Australia, “Minutes to Midnight”. Trent Parke also gave an inspirational speech about the early stages of his life at the Fremantle Arts Centre, he talked about his cadetship at the Newcastle Herald while after also moving to Sydney years later where he had covered Australian cricket for News Limited for more than five years. At the same time he was still not that sure on what her wanted to do with the rest of his life, so he bought a Leica and was introduced to Rodinal (a high contrast and personal way of processing and printing his images). His mothers death had also inspired him, and released that life is meant to be enjoyed, therefore don’t waste a moment in life
Trent Parkes photograpy is all about magic and illusion and the love of life and the story that is being told. His Albums are normally inspired by what is current happening in his life whether its experiencing a road trip or the birth of his new-born son. Whatever his next album is, it is always about an important event that has happened or happening in his life, his albums are his feelings and emotions of an event which he has expressed in photography For his photography he has been awarded five Gold Lenses from the International Olympic Committee (1996, 1997 and 1998) and the Canon Photo Essay Prize in 2000 Sasakawa World Sports Awards....
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