Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Dean Sewell has made his name as an independent documentary photographer concentrating his gaze on the social implications of the new globalised world economy and the environmental consequences exerted by climate change. Through his acute colour studies Sewell also explores the dichotomy between the urban environment and its human habitation. This sits in stark contrast alongside his more reserved yet apocalyptic representations of drought and fire ravaged landscapes. Most recently, he was one of 20 photographers world wide to be invited into Russia to produce a reportage in the steel city of Cherepovets for 'The Russian Moment' which culminated in 'A week of Photogrphy in St. Petersburg', part of the G20 Summit held there in 2013.
Sewell was back to back winner of the 2009, 2010 Moran Contemporary Photography Prize for a work borne out of a three year study of the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia and daily life on a Sydney harbour ferry. He has been the recipient of three World Press Photo Awards in 2000, 2002 and 2005 for works covering the transition of East Timor to an independent state, Australian Bushfires, and the 2004 Tsunami aftermath in Aceh, respectively. Sewell was awarded Australian Press Photographer of the Year in 1994 and 1998. In 2005 and 2008, Sewell’s art practice has seen him awarded artist residencies in the remote gold-mining town of Hill End, NSW which takes its place in Australia’s art history as arguably one of the nation’s more significant contributions to post-war art.
Sewell's work is held in both public and private collections
He is a founding member of Oculi ( 2000 ), Australias pre-eminent independent collective of Australian documentary photographers
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