Stephen Dupont was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1967. Over the past two decades, Dupont has produced a remarkable body of visual work; hauntingly beautiful photographs of fragile cultures and marginalized peoples. He skillfully captures the human dignity of his subjects with great intimacy and often in some of the world’s most dangerous regions. His images have received international acclaim for their artistic integrity and valuable insight into the people, culture and communities that have existed for hundreds of years, yet are fast disappearing from our world.
Dupont’s work has earned him photography’s most prestigious prizes, including a 2005 Robert Capa Gold Medal citation and the 2015 Olivier Rebbot Award from the Overseas Press Club of America; a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize; and first places in the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, the Australian Walkleys, and Leica/CCP Documentary Award. In 2007 he was the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for his ongoing project on Afghanistan. In 2010 he received the Gardner Fellowship at Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.
In 2017 his one man theatrical show "Don't Look Away" world premiered at the Museum of Old & New Art (MONA) as part of Mona Mofo (MONA's festival of Music and Art). Performances continued at Sydney's Eternity Playhouse Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art MCA and at the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Dupont has twice been an official war artist for the Australian War Memorial for his photography, with commissions in The Solomon Islands (2013) and Afghanistan (2012).
He is a Canon Master and frequently lectures and performs keynotes, masterclasses and workshops in Australia and around the world.
His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Aperture, Newsweek, Time, Matador, Polka Magazine, GQ, Esquire, French and German GEO, Le Figaro, Liberation, The Smithsonian, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Independent, The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, Stern, The Australian Financial Review Magazine, Interview and Vanity Fair.
Dupont has held major exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, Sydney, Canberra, Tokyo, and Shanghai, and at Perpignan’s Visa Pour L’Image, China’s Ping Yao and Holland’s Noorderlicht festivals.
Dupont’s handmade photographic artist books and portfolios are in some of the world's leading collections, including, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Australian War Memorial, The New York Public Library, Berlin and Munich National Art Libraries, Stanford University, Yale University, Boston Athenaeum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Joy of Giving Something Inc.
He currently resides in Sydney with his family where he splits his production there with assignments and long term projects in the field. He is a photographer, artist and documentary filmmaker.
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Don't Look Away
- Mofo at MONA, Hobart, Australia, January 21-22, 2017 (World Premiere)
- Eternity Playhouse Theatre, Sydney, Australia, March 15, 2017 (Official Media Launch)
- Museum of Contemporary Art MCA, Sydney, Australia, May 27, June 6, 15, 16, 2017 (During VIVID Festival)
- Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Melbourne, August 30, 2017 (Melbourne Writers Festival)
Recent Notable Awards
Recent Notable Solo Exhibitions
- Why Am I A Marine/Axe Me Biggie, War Photo Ltd, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2018.
- Piksa Niugini, Monash Gallery of Art MGA, Melbourne, Australia, 2017.
- The White Sheet Series, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2016.
- Papua New Guinea Portraits, Museo Castilo de la Real Fuerza, Havana,
- Stephen Dupont: New Guinea Portraits & Diaries, The Peabody Museum
of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University, USA, 2013.
- Weapons Platoon: A Marine’s Life in Afghanistan, National Museum of the
Marine Corp, Qantico, VA, USA, 2012.
- Afghanistan, or The Perils of Freedom, The New York Public Library
Stokes Gallery, New York, USA, 2008.
Recent Notable Group Exhibitions
- LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia, 2018.
- Not An Ostrich and other images from America's Library, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, USA, 2018.
- Unwavering Vision #1: 3160 Images of Social Change from the ICP Collections.
International Center of Photography, New York, USA, 2017.
- Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography, The New York Public Library,
New York, USA, 2014 – 15.
- Bookmarked, STILLS Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2015.
- Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from the Alumni Collections, The
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, USA, 2013.
- WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographs of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath,
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA, 2012.
- DIAMOND LEAVES: Artist Books from around the World, Central Academy of
Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China, 2012.
- Artists Books: Books by Artists (Axe Me Biggie), Boston Athenaeum, USA, 2011.
- RECOLLECTION: 30 Years of Photography at the New York Public
Library. NYPL, New York, USA, 2011.
- Focus: Photography and War 1945 – 2006. The Australian War
Memorial, Canberra, Australia, 2006.
Notable Published Books
- Why Am I A Marine/Axe Me Biggie, War Photo Ltd, Croatia, 2018.
- GENERATION AK: The Afghanistan Wars 1993 - 2012, STEIDL, Germany, 2015.
- PIKSA NIUGINI: Stephen Dupont’s Portraits & Diaries, Peabody Press,
Radius Books, USA, 2013.
- RASKOLS: The Gangs of Papua New Guinea, powerHouse, NY, USA, 2012.
- AFGHANISTAN, or The Perils of Freedom, New York Public Library, USA, 2008.
- FIGHT/LUTTE, Edition Braus, Germany, 2003.
- STEAM: India’s Last Steam Trains, Dewi Lewis Publishing, UK, 1999.
- GEO (French & German editions)
- The New York Times Magazine
- Vanity Fair
- Smithsonian Magazine
- The Sunday Times Magazine (UK)
- Polka Magazine
2018 Invited as a Master to the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam, Holland.
*Exhibition from his Afghanistan work, Why Am I A Marine/Axe Me Biggie, War Photo Ltd, Dubrovnik,
2017 * His Afghanistan photographs are shown in a multimedia presentation at New
York’s ICP called Unwavering Vision #1: 3160 Images of Social Change
from the ICP Collections.
* World Premiere of his one man show "Don't Look Away" at the Museum of Old & New Art (MONA).
2016 * He is awarded the Olivier Rebbot Award for Best Photographic Reporting
from Abroad in a magazine or book from the Overseas Press Club of
America for his book Generation AK: The Afghanistan Wars 1993 – 2012
* Presenter and subject of Tales By Light Season 2, EP 3 for his work around the theme of death.
Screened on National Geographic Channel and Netflix.
* His book Generation AK: The Afghanistan Wars 1993 – 2012 (STEIDL,
2015) wins Best Photographic Book from the Pictures of the Year
International (POYi) from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism
* His book Generation AK: The Afghanistan Wars 1993 – 2012 (STEIDL,
2015) wins Best Photographic Book of the Year in Australia.
* Featured in the group exhibition Aftermath: The Fallout of War – America
and the Middle East at the Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, FL,
2015 * His book Generation AK: The Afghanistan Wars 1993 – 2012 is published
* Principle photographer and cinematographer on the ABC Radio
Documentary and UNSW iCinema Research Lab multifaceted project,
Retrospect: War, Family, Afghanistan.
* Receives a double commendation Masters Degree in Philosophy from
Wollongong University, Australia.
2014 * Invited by the Cuban Government to exhibit his portraits from Papua
New Guinea in a solo outdoor exhibition titled, Piksa Niugini Portraits,
Museo Castilo de la Real Fuerza, Havana.
* Curates Reportage Festival of Photography exhibitions (Don McCullin
Retrospective, Ashley Gilbertson and Jodi Bieber) for State Library of NSW
and the Australian Centre of Photography.
2013 * Solo exhibition at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology &
Ethnology Piksa Niugini: Stephen Dupont’s Diaries and Portraits
* His book Piksa Niugini is published by Harvard’s Peabody Press
and Radius Books
* Director of Reportage Festival of Photography in Sydney, Australia
* Partners with James Nachtwey for their first workshop together in
2012 * Deployed to Afghanistan as the Official Photographer for the
Australian War Memorial
* Solo exhibition at Qantico's National Museum of the Marine Corps
Weapons Platoon - A Marine's Life in Afghanistan
* His book Raskols is published in the USA
* Selected in WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY:Images of Armed Conflict and
Its Aftermath exhibition, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
2011 * One year photography project on Papua New Guinea for Harvard's
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
2010 * Becomes a Gardner Photography Fellow at the Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University
* Afghanistan retrospective at Visa Pour L'Image Festival, France
* Afghanistan retrospective at the Australian Centre for Photography
2009 * Winner of the Olive Cotton Director's Choice Award
* Winner of Australian TV LOGIE Award for Most Outstanding
Public Affairs Report Afghanistan – A Survivor’s Tale
2008 * New York Public Library solo exhibition Afghanistan or The Perils
of Freedom and publication of catalogue.
2007 * Recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography
2006 * International Rory Peck Awards Finalist for Cinematography
2005 * Robert Capa Gold Medal Citation
* Australian Centre for Photography Exhibition on Raskols
2003 * Deployed to the Solomon Islands for the Australian War Memorial, the
first ever Official Australian photographer appointed to cover
a peacekeeping mission.
* His book Fight / Lutte is published in France and Germany
1999 * His book Steam - India's Last Steam Trains is published in Britain
* He co-founds the festival of Photojournalism called Reportage
1994 * Selected in the first World Press Photo Master Class, Holland