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from the series The Middle of Somewhere

‘Uma, Hula Hoop’ 2012 from the series The Middle of Somewhere 2013

I’m honoured to have been selected as a finalist in the 2013 Olive Cotton Award. My image of Uma (from my new series The Middle of Somewhere)  is currently being exhibited along side the other finalists at the Tweed River Art Gallery. Other finalists include Trent Parke, Narelle Autio, Ingvar Keene, Tamara Dean and Lee Grant.

Update: Magnum photographer Trent Parke won this years award and took home a cool $20,000. Congratulations Trent!


I’m happy to announce that two of my images have been purchased by the City of Bunbury as part of the 2013 Bunbury Biennale. They join the cities permanent collection and are now on show at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.

from the series 'The Middle of Somewhere

One of my images acquired by the City of Bunbury – from the series The Middle of Somewhere

Recent features in Australia…

Recently i’ve been featured in two noteworthy Australian publications. Capture Magazine and Alasdair Foster’s Cultural Development Consulting website.




Alasdair Foster is an international curator and consultant. He has 20 years’ experience heading national arts institutions in Europe and Australia such as the Australian Center for Photography (1998 – 2011). On Alasdair’s website Cultural Development Consulting he features a different artist every month. I was very humbled by his appraisal of my work.


Here’s a few lines from Alasdair’s feature.

“We stand on the cusp of change. The metropolitan, cosmopolitan marketplace of authorised, commoditised art is beginning to seem like yesterday and, sensing a new, subtler and more highly individuated language of creative communication ahead, we look towards an uncertain tomorrow. Sam Harris may well be there to greet us when we arrive.”


To read the full feature please click here.





Editor of Capture, Marc Gafen did an in-depth interview with me and used it for the basis of his piece. He’s covered how i first got into photography and made my first home darkroom, through my career in London and why i had to leave it all behind to follow a different path, the evolution of my recent work in Australia, Postcards from Home… and how i’ve managed to create a niche for myself whilst living remotely…

Capture Magazine – July / August 2012


Capture Magazine – July / August 2012







Bondi Diary… (based on a true story)

David Alan Harvey, photographer, mentor, book publisher, magazine editor and big time party dude came to Sydney a couple of weeks ago.  The Head On Photo Festival launched his ‘based on a true story’ book and exhibition as well as the Burn 02 in Print exhibition.

For me, David’s visit was special for many reasons… firstly, we finally got to meet ‘in real life’… then there was the chance for fellow Burn photographers to all meet (many for the first time off-line) and share ideas, passion for photography and good times.

Most special was the gathering of the team that helped David create the book. They came from all over the globe to Sydney to celebrate the book launch. Bryan Harvey who designed it, Eva – Maria Kunz, production manager, Candy Pilar Godoy, production / assistant photo editor, Roberta Tavares, fixer / production in Rio. Candy & Roberta also feature in the book.

David, always taking photographs… Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Michelle & Niki – Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Kerry –  Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Bryan – Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Candy – Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Roberta.- Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Roberta – Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Celebration time…  – Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

Cheers! – Bondi, Sydney 2012 – Photo © Sam Harris

‘based on a true story’, blends fact with fiction to create a Novella that you can take apart and rebuild… it’s analog, interactive and 3d. there are even clues and a map to help you unravel the story hidden within… You have to hold it, feel it, pour over it, get inside it, take it apart, rebuild it, live it, smell it, caress it and then it all makes sense… Fresh, Sensual, Sexy, Killer, Dope… David leads by example, he could just sit back and talk about past glories, but that’s not David’s style… he’s out there doing it, living it. Now, right now… Ideas happen… ‘based on a true story’ is the living proof ; )) This book is an absolute classic. His best yet! And the very best thing about ‘based on a true story’ IS the PHOTOGRAPHY.

Check it out

It was also an honor to be asked by David to present my Postcards from Home series to his students during his 5 day Master Class…

But beyond all that, the best part of the experience for me was the friendships forged during my time in Sydney. I feel so lucky to have met so many special people in such a short time. Thank you David for bringing us all together and being such a generous host!

Elsewhere and back…

FORM and FotoFreo‘s joint venture ‘Divergence – Photographs from Elsewhere’ launched last week at the Midland Railway Workshop, Perth (and runs until April 15th). I’ve just got back from FotoFreo, what a great festival! I’ve had such a wonderful time meeting other photographers, spending hours in conversation and of course checking out some great work. I also had a chat with Peter Barr on RTR’s breakfast show, digging up some rock’n’roll gossip from my ‘past life’ in London…

My series Postcards from Home was part of the Elsewhere exhibition. The Midland Railway Workshops is a truly inspiring space and i think everyone was struck by it. It’s a massive old Victorian red brick and steel space and although i was a little concerned  that we might need an entire army to fill it, the opening night however was buzzing! well done and a massive thanks goes out to all the team at FORM and of course FotoFreo.

Martin Parr talks about the art of rolling rock… from his series ‘Black Country Stories’ Photo © Sam Harris

from the series ‘Matter’ by Bharat Sikka

from the series ‘Matter’ by Bharat Sikka

from the series ‘Twinspotting’ by Ketaki Sheth

from Sohrab Hura’s night projection

from the series ‘ ‘Benares, Holi and The Naga Sadhus at the Ardh Kumbh Mela’ by Sohrab Hura

from the series ‘Benares, Holi and The Naga Sadhus at the Ardh Kumbh Mela                                                                       by Sohrab Hura

from the series ‘Postcards from Home’ by Sam Harris

from the series ‘Postcards from Home’ by Sam Harris

Postcards from Sydney…

I just returned a few days ago from Sydney and the Head On photo festival … My head is still spinning, so much to process & share… I had too much of a good time!  Hard to tear myself away, knowing that it’s all continuing for another 3 weeks…

I met so many wonderful people, a diverse bunch of photographers and other industry folk. With so many openings, almost every night, i caught some great exhibitions and drunk way too much red wine : ))

It all started with a trip to meet my printer Warren Macris. It’s the first time ever that i’ve had to work with a printer long distance… Going to check the exhibition prints was a nerve raking experience, but to my immense relief Warrens’ reputation is well-earned. He’s a master printer and i was delighted with the results.

Warren Macris… the final cut – Sydney 2011 © Sam Harris

Next it was over to Global gallery  to hang my Postcards from Home exhibition. An exciting part of the whole process, to walk into an empty space and start spreading  your prints out on the floor and eventually seeing a few years work going up onto the walls. Global gallery has several rooms, all showing photographers work as part of the Head On Festival. My neighbours  were Ying AngNatalie Grono, Eliza Gregory & Kelly Ann Denton. The togetherness and support between photographers helped make the exhibition for me.

Hanging with Ed Crosskill @ Global gallery, Sydney 2011 © Sam Harris

Out on the floor… @ Global gallery, Sydney 2011 © Sam Harris

Uma, steamy window @ Global gallery 2011 © Sam Harris

Wall # 5 Global gallery, Sydney 2011 © Sam Harris



My good friend Andy Baker kindly made the video below at the exhibition.