Famous Australian Photographers

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 1 Robert Clarence Irwin

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Famous As: Television Host & Wildlife Enthusiast
Birthdate: December 1, 2003
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buderim, Australia
Robert Irwin, the son of the late wildlife expert Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin, has also gained fame as the host of Robert's Real Life Adventures and co-hosted Wild But True. He is part of the series Crikey!, is a wildlife photographer, and has created a book series, too.

 2 Helmut Newton

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Famous As: Fashion Photographer
Birthdate: October 31, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: January 23, 2004

Helmut Newton was a German-American photographer whose works earned him accolades all over the world. His photographs were featured on popular fashion magazines like Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. He also worked closely with Playboy, shooting several pictorials of models like Kristine DeBell and Nastassja Kinski.

 3 Anne Geddes

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Famous As: Photographer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queensland, Australia

Known for her creative photographs of babies, Anne Geddes has also contributed to many best-selling photobooks and calendars. A school drop-out, she initially worked in television and took up photography seriously at 25, becoming a full-fledged photographer at 30. She is also an ambassador of initiatives such as Shot at Life.

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 4 Peter Lik

Peter Lik
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Famous As: photographer
Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Melbourne

Australian photographer Peter Lik, known for his landscape and nature photography of places such as Alaska, Hawaii, Utah, and New York. His first photo was that of a spider in his own backyard, which he clicked at age 8 with his Kodak Brownie box camera. Critics have accused him of photoshopping.

 5 Frank Hurley

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Famous As: Explorer, Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist
Birthdate: October 15, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glebe
Died: February 16, 1962

Australian photographer Frank Hurley is best remembered for recording the Antarctic expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton, known as Endurance. He also risked his life clicking pictures in both the World Wars. After running away from home at 13, he studied engineering but found his calling in photography.

 6 Darryn Lyons

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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geelong

Known for his colorful mop of hair and his philosophy of Think Big, Darryn Lyons was initially a talented war photographer and was even once kidnapped in Bosnia. His coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall won him many awards. He later became a successful entrepreneur and reality TV star.

 7 Bill Henson

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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: October 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Known for his use of dramatic chiaroscuro lighting and bokeh blurred backgrounds, Bill Henson is a leading Australian art photographer, whose works are regularly exhibited in major galleries across the world. Employing light as a tool, he has successfully captured different moods like terror and awe, concurrently capturing duality like nature and civilization, youth and adulthood, male and female etc.

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 8 Hubert Wilkins

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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: October 31, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mount Bryan, Australia
Died: November 30, 1958

Australian-born British explorer and ornithologist Hubert Wilkins is best remembered for pioneering the use of the submarine for polar exploration. While he initially studied photography and engineering, he later embarked on the world’s first transpolar airplane flight across the Arctic and the first over parts of Antarctica.

 9 Max Dupain

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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 22, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: July 27, 1992

Max Dupain began clicking pictures with his first camera at age 13. Mostly a landscape photographer, his works mirror the geometry of his industrial subjects. His best-known works include Sunbaker and Bondi. He was also made an OBE. He was married to pioneering photographer Olive Cotton.

 10 June Newton

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Better known as Alice Springs, June Newton was the photographer-actor wife of photographer Helmut Newton. Born in Melbourne, she initially performed on stage as June Brunell. Later, she gained prominence as a fashion photographer and celebrity portraitist. She headed the Helmut Newton Foundation after her husband’s death in an accident.

 11 Fadi Fawaz

Fadi Fawaz
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Famous As: Hair Stylist, Photographer
Birthdate: May 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Australia

Best known as George Michael's boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz is a former hairdresser, photographer and model of Lebanese descent. Currently a resident of England, he worked for a large number of celebrities before meeting the late pop singer, eventually embarking on a relationship with him, which lasted until the latter’s sudden death in 2016. Little is known about him since then.