northern territory
youth ballet 2009

biography

Throughout my adventures of inner-city and outback Australia I have developed a hunger to gather knowledge about what it means to be an Australian. Documenting the varying life styles and personalities of all classes, races, religions and sexes of individuals that inhabiting this vast continent, I have come to realise that every person has a need to feel as though they belong.

It is not essential to be a part of a particular class, race, religion or sex to belong here in Australia, it is the ability to possess a clear image of the society as a whole in order to recognise your role as a worthy contributing factor.

In the midst of this diversity there are certainly national cultural stereotypes and national symbols that we all recognise as Australian, but do these really reflect the everyday reality of living as an Australian today?


Darren J. Clark

email: darrenclark20@hotmail.com

Ph: 0403 213 361
ABN: 51 806 934 091

Academic Qualifications
• Diploma in Visual Arts
• Photographics Studies College,
  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
• Graduated with Honours (1998)


2017

Sold 2 bodies of work to State Library of Western Australia

Work collected by the ACT library in Canberra

Provided front cover image for the book 'Outback Legends'

2nd place for image in Photoshoot awards.

2 bodies of work published in Volo magazine

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2016

I was collected by the Northern Territory Library and the National Library of Australia.

Exhibited in 2 exhibitions at QDOS Gallery, Lorne Victoria

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2015

Reviews written about my career in Australian Photography and the National Library of Australian magazines.

Freelanced for the Tasmanian & QLD Library.

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2014

Bruce Simpson book 'Drover' published.

Worked for the Tasmanian & QLD Library.

Exhibition in Q-Dos Gallery

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2013

Sold to SA library, NT library QLD library and National Library of Australia

Commisioned by Harper Collins Publishing to provide images for a book callled 'Drover'

Solo exhibition in the Northern Territory Library

Article in the Weekend Australian (link).

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2012

Sold work South Australian library, Northern Territory library and National library of Australia.

Solo exhibition in the CSIRO in Canberra.

Finalist in the Morane Art Prize.

Group Exhibition in the National Library of Australia.

Article in the Weekend Australian (link).

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2011

The Australian
Daly River Crossing image (right) featured in The Australian • view

Australian Geographic Magazine

Work published in issue 101 The Australian Cray Fishing Industry In WA.

Exhibition : June 2011
Tuggeranong Art Centre
. NAIDOC week June 2011.
12 images documenting the Indigenous lifestyle in the Daly River Basin.

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2010

National Library of Australia
48 images collected from my Northern Territory trip working with Indigenous culture around the Daly River region and in and around Darwin city.

Northern Territory Library
36 images collected documenting the Lifestyle in the top end and Indigenous culture in the Daly River Basin.

National Library of Australia
Six images purchased - Four looking at the Fortescue mining Camp in NW Western Australia and two looking at street culture around Perth.

2009

National Museum of Australia, Canberra
Selected an image I made on Australia Day for the home page of their website to promote an exhibition called, Australia which will be touring for the next 2 years.  

Kiss My Camera. Live music award, Perth
First place for an image of a live music act.           

The National Library of Australia, Canberra
A series of ten images depicting street culture in Perth.

2008

Commenced working in September as a free lance photographer for the Community News in Northbridge, Perth

State Library of Western Australia
Sold a complete work book on Ballet training at the Terri Charlesworth Ballet Centre and a number of images that looked at street culture around Perth. 
                      
Northbridge History Project

A body of images compiled over a four month period, documenting the fabric of society in Northbridge, Perth.  

Vivid National Photographic Festival
Eight images of drought in NSW were exhibited in an exhibition at Old Parliament House, Canberra 2008. The exhibition then toured Australia for an extended period.

2007

IIA Dentsu InterAd X1 world championship Winner- Boomerang Team
representing Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.
The Boomerang Team submitted ten images, which first won the Pan Pacific Title and then went on to win the world championships in New York. Nine of the winning images were created by me, one by the lecturer and the words and graphic designs were provided by other team members.

Impact: A Changing Land- Exhibition at the State Library of NSW
Opened by the Australian of the Year; Mr. Tim Flannery.
Four of my images were chosen for display in this exhibition. The images were part of the series purchased by the State Library of NSW depicting the drought of 2002.

The National Library of Australia, Canberra

A series of images depicting inner-city Perth were purchased by the library.

The National Library of Australia, Canberra
Four images of Perth street culture and four images of young Ballerina’s training for Youth Ballet W.A. were purchased in September. 

2006

The State Library of NSW, Sydney
A series of 29 colour images depicting life in the rural communities of North-West NSW chosen for The Mitchell Picture Collection.

The National Library of Australia, Canberra
A series of 13 street images covering street life in Melbourne and Canberra collected by the library. The images depict heroin addicts, prostitutes and sub-cultures.

The Little Malop Fine Art gallery, Geelong VIC.
An inspiring group exhibition of diverse responses of the human figure; in this show five of my images were on display along side the work of Norman Lindsay, Ottavio Boron and Linda Robertson.

The State Library of NSW General Annual Report
Alan Davies, Curator of Photography for the Mitchell Collection, chose one of my images, purchased at the beginning of the year to illustrate the Annual Report. The image used is of the Robinson Family of Engonia hand-feeding their cattle sugar cane during the 2002 drought.

The National Library of Australia, Canberra
A series of 13 images of the sex industry and drug abuse were purchased in Novemeber. These images were made in Melbourne and Canberra. The drug abuse images document drug use in the streets of Melbourne and the sex industry images record the work done by strippers in clubs around Melbourne and Canberra. 

2005

Photo Access Art Centre, Canberra
Two months artist in residence.

The National Library of Australia, Canberra
A series of ten images collected by the library. The images epict the drought in NSW during 2002-2004. One of the images was the one hundred thousandth image to be scanned onto the library website which resulted in an article in The Canberra Times.

2004
 - Tuggeranong Art Centre, Canberra
Solo exhibition, “The Fringe Dwellers”.This show was held in collaboration with Michelle Grattan’s book launch of “Back on the Wool Track”.

2003 - Burke Exhibition Centre.
A series of images documenting the effects of drought during 2002-2003 have been placed in the Burke Archives. I also produced imagery of the Burke Exhibition Centre for promotional purposes.

2002
 - Broken Hill Gallery, NSW
Group exhibition-“Dust”. Four of my images were collected by the Broken Hill Gallery and were included in an exhibition that toured Europe. They were shown at the Australian Embassy’s in Dublin, Vienna, Slovenia, Copenhagen, Poland, South Africa and Turkey. My work was hung along side artists such as Pro Hart, Sam Byrne nd indigenous artist Brian Martin and Badger Bates.

2001 - The Zetta Florence Gallery Melbourne.
Solo Exhibition “Faces of the Street”. A body of black and white images documenting life on Brunswick street at the beginning of the new century. This work was collected by The LaTrobe Picture Collection, State Library Victoria.

State Library of Victoria, LaTrobe Picture Collection
Twelve images documenting street culture of inner-city Melbourne. 

2000 - Fitzroy Gallery, Melbourne
Solo exhibition, “Smitten”. A body of twelve images depicting the female form.

The Roar Gallery, Fitzroy Melbourne
Group exhibition, “In the Name of the Dog”. This exhibition was the final exhibition before the gallery was closed. The Roar Gallery was Victoria’s oldest running gallery.