Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Chris was born in Melbourne, Australia.
A freelance photo-journalist, Chris’ documentary work endeavours to highlight the lives of those around us who are otherwise marginalised or forgotten whilst embracing the differences between us as individuals. After years of independent travel across Africa, Asia, Europe, Northern and Central America he realised the importance of our acceptance and knowledge of the world’s different cultures, and through his photography and videography gives voice to those otherwise silent.
Chris is part of the Getty Images team servicing Fairfax Media in Australia. His images have featured in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review, The Guardian, The Global Mail and The Weekly Review magazine. His written work has featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The New Daily. Chris also features across worldwide news wire services through assignments with Getty Images.
Commercially, Chris has extensive experience in food, portraiture, editorial and lifestyle photography and has a client list that includes Lion Nathan Food and Wine, GM Holden, ANZ Bank, YMCA Victoria and Alzheimers Australia Vic. He is the official photographer for the Victorian State Government’s Regional Victoria Expo and the James Boags Birdcage marquee at the VRC Spring racing carnival. He is also part of ‘The Media Gang’, an agency servicing the Australian editorial and magazine industry.
Chris currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.
2015 - United Nations Australia Media Awards, 2015 - Siena International Photography Awards , 2015 - Pacific Asia Newspaper Awards (PANPA) , 2015 - Melbourne Press Club 'Quills', 2014 - HeadOn Photographic Festival, 2012 - Walkley
- Breaking news
- Military embed
After the Rwandan genocide in 1994 the Tutsi minority turned the table on their persecutors and began their revenge against the Hutu. As a result Lawrence, a Hutu, fled to neighboring Tanzania. He returned in 1996, only to be imprisoned. Released seven years later, he returned to his wife and two children, and three days later they had their home burned down as they slept. As he tried to escape, the molten plastic tarpaulin used as roofing, collapsed onto his back. He suffered third-degree burns to his back and arms and spent four months in hospital. His wife and children were killed in the attack.
Winter 2015 saw the rising of anti Muslim conservative group Reclaim Australia and its far right militant associate group the United Patriot Front. Protests turned to riots in in the streets of Melbourne, Australia's most multi cultural city. Reminiscent of the Cronulla race riots in 2005, its seems the countries attitudes towards racism have moved backwards rather than progressing.
The Friendship Village
The effect of Agent Orange and chemical warfare has stretched further throughout Vietnam than anyone could have imagined in the ‘60’s, and it looks as though the fight for the Vietnamese to salvage any form of compensation will be a long and arduous one. Not only affecting those that lived during its spraying, its infectious nature means it is still infecting new generations.
At least for now the second generation of victims can find a family and some hope on the dusty outskirts of Hanoi at The Friendship Village. A place for children affected by the dioxin to be schooled, re-habilitated, and above all loved for who they are.