John Donegan | Stanley Street Gallery

John Donegan

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John Donegan sold his first photograph to a suburban newspaper as a 14 year old in Melbourne. This passing moment borne from happenstance has led to a lifetime chronicling the best and worst of mankind, revolutions, politics, cultural and sporting events, and daily life in over 15 countries around the world, and across the length and breadth of mainland Australia.

He was inspired as a child to observe the minutiae of suburban life after discovering paint- ings like John Brack’s Collins St 5PM, Jeffrey Smart’s Cahill Expressway, and The Cricketers by Russell Drysdale. This desire to find beauty in the drudgery of daily life was strengthened reading Australian authors including David Malouf, George Johnston and Tim Winton whose ability to turn a tram journey, a bike ride or a swim into something magical was an inspira- tion.

John grew up in suburban Melbourne and now lives in Sydney with his wife Kate and their children Ruby, Sadie and Jack. The journey from Melbourne to Sydney has been a bit longer than the 900km of the Hume Hwy and has meandered through residences in London, Jerusa- lem and Darwin.

John is now intrigued by the art of portrait photography and enjoys using photography to celebrate the individual, although he is discovering that the perfect portrait is as elusive as the subject is unique.




1826 Media.

Photographer. Sep 2009 -

♦ Former Walkley Advisory Board member.

♦ Head On Photo Festival selection panelist.

♦ Industry Forums panelist.

♦ Industry Seminars presenter.

Fairfax Media.

The Age.

Chief Sport Photographer. October 2005 – Sep 2009.


♦ Ranked #1 multimedia of 2008 Beijing Olympics Games Opening Ceremony by BBC. ♦ Ranked in top 3 multimedia at 2008 Beijing Olympic Games by ♦ Australian Football Media awards.

Fairfax Media.

The Sunday Age.

Picture Editor. Oct 2001 – October 2005.

Fairfax Media.

The Age.

General photographer. Jan 1998 – Oct 2001.

Achievements: ♦ Finalist Nikon Press Photography Awards. ♦ Finalist Quill Awards.


Darwin based.

Freelance photographer. Jan 1997 – Jan 1998.

Covering northern Australia contributing to Reuters, News Ltd, Fairfax, The Bulletin.

News Ltd.

Herald Sun.

Picture Editor. Jan 1996 – Jan 1997

Herald Sun.

General photographer. Jun 1992 – Jan 1996.


Jerusalem based.

Freelance photographer. May 1991 – May 1992.

Covering West Bank and Gaza contributing to The Guardian [UK], AP, The Sunday Age, The Bulletin et al.

London based.

Freelance photographer. Apr 1989 – May 1991.

Contributing to Evening Standard, AP, Daily Express et al.

Herald and Weekly TImes.

The Herald.

Cadet Photographer. Aug 1985 – Apr 1989.

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