Stephen Dupont is an Australian artist who works with photography, video and print. Working in the field of documentary, he enjoys certain magazine assignments, but is mostly committed to long term personal projects. He moves within the editorial, art and film worlds. Born in Sydney in 1967, he grew up in the western suburbs and Southern Highlands under tough social conditions and displacement, with social worker parents, who were full-time carers of state wards.
Stephen is recognised around the world for his concerned photography on the human condition, war and climate, earning him dozens of prizes including the 2007 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for his work in Afghanistan, the 2010 Robert Gardner Fellowship from Harvard University, a Robert Capa Gold Medal Citation, the Olivier Rebbot Award and several World Press Photo Awards. He holds a Masters degree in Philosophy, enjoys teaching workshops and giving public talks around photography, film and his life. Dozens of books and catalogues on Stephen’s photography and diaries have been published, (Steidl, NYPL, Radius, PowerHouse, Yale & Aperture).
He designs most of his projects and his hand made limited edition artist books and prints are heavily sought after and collected by major museums (Peabody, Fogg, Wits, MONA, Tate, ICP), libraries (NYPL, Library Of Congress, Berlin, British) and private collectors, (Ginsberg, Getty, Heiting, Stokes).
He exhibits globally through galleries and festivals, (NYPL, Peabody Museum, ICP, Polka Gallerie, Noorderlicht, Visa Pour L’Image).
He has twice been an Official War Artist, (Afghanistan & Solomon Islands) for the Australian War Memorial. He is a co-founder and past director of the Australian based “Reportage Festival of Documentary Photography”.
Stephen likes to explore new and innovative ways through photography, often collaborating with other artists, writers and creatives through books, exhibitions, film and theatre,(Gerhard Steidl, Jacques Menasche, David Field, Tim Page).
In 2017, a one man theatrical show “Don’t Look Away”, took his personal journey through photography and war and the sudden death of his mother. It was a ground breaking and unique approach to how Stephen sees, captures and feels the world we live in. It world premiered at the Museum of Old & New Art (MONA) as part of Mona Mofo (MONA’s festival of Music and Art). Performances continued at Sydney’s Eternity Playhouse Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art MCA and at the Melbourne Writers Festival.