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Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Trent Parke

"You shoot a lot of shit and you're bound to come up with a few good ones," says Trent Parke. Parke has shot a whole lot of shit in his time and come up with a whole load of good ones - in work that portrays his native Australia in a spiritual, apocalyptic and personal light with intimations of life, death and rebirth thrown in for good measure.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Trent a couple of years ago, and a more honest and down-to-earth photographer you couldn't hope to meet. I also saw his Minutes to Midnight dummy and it was phenomenal - but not published as a book yet. You can hear Trent Parke talking about his work here.

He's since moved on to colour work, but I don't know what he's doing now - taking a rest perhaps. Anyway, here is my interview for the BJP with Trent Parke.

“I love taking pictures,” says Trent Parke, “and I love Australia. It’s the only place I want to photograph.” Parke’s dual passions have resulted in a body of work that portrays Australia in a revelatory light, a light that is as revealing of Parke’s own psyche as it is of Australia itself.

“My mum died when I was 10 and it changed everything about me,” says Parke. “It made me question everything around me.” Soon after his mother’s death, Parke began taking photographs with an old Pentax, and his questioning became visual. “Photography is a discovery of life which makes you look at things you’ve never looked at before. It’s about discovering yourself and your place in the world.”

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Davy said...

relief.....i thought "minutes to midnight" was already out but in such limited quantity that i was out of luck.

any word on when it will be published?

colin pantall said...

Hi David:

Is it out? This was from a couple of years ago but I don't think there's been any book as yet, not even a catalogue to accompany the exhibition - and the time may have passed. Anyone else know any different?

There should be a book, that's for sure.

Davy said...

oops, i must have glossed over the part of your post where you mentioned that it was a couple of years ago....i suspect that it is out, though in limited quantities like his first two books, both of which i have.

stills gallery in australia sells most of his stuff, but they have never listed "minutes to midnight" so i just assumed it wasnt out yet. then again, i have seen references to it being published by filigranes (the magnum website lists it in fact). i filangranes contacted them and never got a response.