Cameron James Cope is a photo burglar, purveyor of words and frequent stowaway based in Narrm (Melbourne), Australia. He has a background in travel editorial and holds a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University, where he also runs original photography workshops.
Cope’s projects and photobooks explore how the past is embedded in the present through visual allegory, narrative form and expanded documentary. Critical to his approach are literary devices placing stories within stories. His photographs explore narratives carried within objects, places and personal ancestries, leveraging the ‘truth claim’ of photography to serve as both anchors to and starting points for broader historical arcs.
In 2014 Cope was named Australian Travel Photographer of the Year, was twice a finalist in the Sydney/Australian Life national photographic prize (2013, 2016) and was a finalist in the Australian Photobook of the Year awards in 2017. In 2020 his work was shortlisted in the Documentary and Travel categories of the Australian Photography Awards. Cope’s early documentary work is held in the permanent collection at the Melbourne Museum.