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Dr. Jack Picone


  • PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

    Photojournalism: I have worked as a professional photojournalist and documentary photographer for major news organizations and publications since 1990. My skills include photojournalism, reporting, documentary work, digital editing and multimedia production. I have extensive experience in Asian reporting, including Southeast Asia, India and China, and in documenting conflict and social issues worldwide. I have held over 50 exhibitions of my work at major galleries and institutions, either in a solo capacity or as part of group exhibits. I am the recipient of international photojournalism awards, including a first prize in the World Press Awards (WPA, Amsterdam) and three Photographer of the Year (POY, U.S.A) awards. I have authored and co-authored a number of photojournalism books and publications.

    Short video of Jack at work in Burma

    Teaching: Since 2005, I have been running a series of professional documentary photography workshops, the Jack Picone Photograhy Workshops, and have taken part as a speaker and lecturer in other workshops and global photojournalism festivals. Since 2009, I have been employed as a lecturer in photography at universities in Australia and Hong Kong, whilst I completed a Ph.D in documentary photography. I was named by the deputy vice-chancellor as one of six lecturers at QCA who achieved “Excellence in Teaching” in the 2010-2011 academic year, as judged by the student evaluation system.

  • EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

    2009-2014 Griffith University, Queensland, Aus. PhD
    2002-2006 Griffith University, Queensland, Aus. Master of Visual Arts
    1971-1977 Waverly College, Waverly, Sydney High School Certificate
  • CAREER HISTORY

    2012-Present Creative Director of The Jack Picone and Stephen Dupont Documentary Workshops
    2009-2012 Lecturer in e-photojournalism at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia. Documentary photographer working in the Southeast Asian region.
    2004-2009 Based in Thailand as freelance photojournalist. Clients include TIME, Newsweek, L’Express, Stern, the Daily Telegraph, and the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as corporate clients such as British Petroleum, the Commonwealth Bank and BHP. NGO clients include ActionAid (UK), Care International and UNESCO

    Personal Website http://www.jackpicone.com

    Founder of Jack Picone Photography Workshops http://www.jackpicone.net

    2000-2004 Based in Thailand as photo-correspondent for Network Photographers photo agency, London (UK)
    1998-2000 Based in Sydney, Australia as photo-correspondent for Network Photographers photo agency. Founder of Sydney branch of Network Photographers agency
    1991-2000 Based in London working extensively on assignment in Africa, Former Yugoslavia and Russia for major newspapers and magazines
    1987-1991 Staff photographer for the Sydney Morning Herald and Good Weekend magazine
  • SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

    2012 QUEENSLAND CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY “10x100: 10 Australian Photographers”
    2011 BALLARAT INTERNATIONAL FOTO BIENNALE “The Nuba of Sudan.”
    2010 AUSTRALIAN CENTRE OF PHOTOGRAPHY “War: South.”
    2007 NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY AUSTRALIA: ‘Reveries Photography and Mortality’
    2007 UNIVERSITY OF BERKELEY 2007 at North gate Hall, ‘State of Place’ an exhibition of Life and Death on the Thai-Burma Border
    2006 SHEFFIELD INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL reportage of ‘Vanessa’, a drag queen dedicated to promoting awareness of HIV
    2006 FOTOFREEO FESTIVAL 2006 Audio Visual Projection of ‘1200 Miles: Life and Death on the Thai-Burma Border’.
    2005 REPORTAGE FESTIVAL SYDNEY Projection of ‘1200 Miles Life and Death on the Thai-Burma Border.
    2005 POSITIVE LIVES Positive Responses to HIV. An exhibition in situ on the platform of Madrid’s Central Railway Station
    2004 VISA POUR L’IMAGE PERPIGNAN FRANCE Exhibition of 50 prints from personal book project ‘1200 Miles: Life and Death on the Thai-Burma Border’
    2004 ACTIONAID XV International AIDS Conference on Aids held in Bangkok. An exhibition to expose the extreme stigma attached to HIV/AIDS
    2004 UNITED NATIONS HQ, NY Positive Lives Positive Responses to HIV
    2003 FIFTY CROWS ‘Social change Photography’ at the Fifty Crows Gallery in San Francisco
    2003 AUSAID ‘positive. negative’ an initiative to fight HIV/AIDS in neighboring countries. This exhibition toured regional and rural Australia
    2002 AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY Witness: An Exhibition of Australian Photography at The ACP Sydney
    2002 NETWORK 21 EXHIBITION ‘21 years of Photojournalism’
    2002 CONDE NAST TRAVELLER ‘Truth in Travel’ A group exhibition of fifty framed limited edition prints auctioned in aid of the Tusk Trust, which supports the conservation of African wildlife
    2001 SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, CAPE TOWN ‘Positive Lives’ a response to HIV/AIDS
    2000 THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM ‘Body Art’, an exhibition about body adornment among indigenous peoples around the world.
    1999 REPORTAGE ‘A celebration of Australian Photojournalism’ at The Valhalla Cinema, Sydney
    1999 LEICA/CCP Documentary Photography Exhibition + Award at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne. This exhibition toured a further eight galleries around Australia
    1999 POSITIVE LIVES ‘Positive Responses to HIV’. An exhibition to change attitudes about HIV/AIDS at the ASN Gallery Sydney
    1995 VISA POUR L’IMAGE PERPIGNAN, FRANCE ‘Genocide Rwanda’ Audiovisual projection
    1995 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ‘YES’ an exhibition of photographs dedicated to the resilience of the human spirit at the Myer Gallery, Melbourne.
    1991 ‘SEE’ Exhibition of ten years work at The Green Iguana Gallery, Sydney
  • SELECTED BOOKS (AUTHOR OR CO-AUTHOR)

    “10X100: FINEPIX X100 BY 10 AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS” T&G Publishing, Hardcover, 2011.
    “BLOOD AND LOVE” self-published book of 20 years of documentary photography, 2010.
    “WAR: A DEGREE SOUTH COLLECTION” T&G Publishing, Hardcover, 2009
    “THIS DAY OF CHANGE: 132 Photographers Capture Hope” Courrier Japon, Kodansha, 2009.
    “REVERIES: PHOTOGRAPHY AND MORTALITY” Australian National Portrait Gallery, book to accompany exhibition, 2007.
    “PROUD TO BE NUBA: Faces and Voices, Stories of a Long Struggle” Code X Publishing, 2007.
    “24 STUDEN im Leben der katholischen Kirche,” Random House GmbH, Munich, 2005.
  • SELECTED PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

    The Walkley Awards, Australia, 2010 Finalist for Photographic Essay “Battle for Bangkok” on Red Shirt insurrection.

    Amnesty International Media Award Finalist 2009 in “Excellence in Human Rights Reporting” on post-election violence in Kenya, Multimedia category

    PX3 | PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS 2009 – 1st Place Category: Water.

    UNESCO HPA (Humanity Photo Awards) 2006 Daily Life 1st Place, DocumentaryAward, “The Mountain People Time Forgot - The Nuba of Sudan”

    World Press Photo Awards (Holland) 1st Place, Daily Life category

    World Press Photo Awards (Holland) Honorable Mention, News category

    Pictures of the Year International (US) 59th POYi “Surviving Aids”

    Pictures of the Year International (US) "War Children of Bosnia"

    Pictures of the Year International (US) 56th POYi "Riders of the Sea" Dhow boats inZanzibar

    IFDP (International Fund for Documentary Photography) award for photo essay “Living with Aids” in Thailand.

    LEICA/ CCP DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION + AWARD 1999 Finalist

    Australian Best Commisioned Magazine Photography 1999 Category: Portraiture1998

  • DR. JACK PICONE - ARTIST STATEMENT

    Documentary photography enables me to approach people from cultures vastly different to my own and communicate with them.

    As, I document people to tell their stories, further communication is exchanged between them and myself and finally when those photographs or that body of work is published in a faraway place, it becomes a catalyst of communication between two or more cultures.

    I like the idea that my reportages can be a conduit of understanding between different cultures in different places.

    Photography allows me to live freely and approach and interact with people free of prejudice.

    I see myself as a storyteller.

    My photographs are both the ‘visual footprints’ of my own life and the stories of others - that I have told.