Philip Quirk
Born in Melbourne Australia 1948. Lives in Sydney. 
Represented by Josef lebovic Gallery Kensington NSW

Awarded Master of Fine Art (by Research) at COFA UNSW

2009 - 2011 Project - Oxford Street Profile
I have recently completed a major work on Oxford Street using a 5x4 inch field camera with black and white film. Oxford Street Profile (OSP) uses photography to record the essential character of a notable Sydney streetscape in the 21st century. My methodology incorporates traditional photographic techniques (a film-based camera) with digital technology to achieve a continuous profile of both sides of Oxford Street. The profile begins at Queen Street Woollahra and finishes at Taylor Square Darlinghurst. The resulting typology is made up of 130 photographs, 65 for each side of the street. To accommodate such a large scaled project an accordion-folded book has been produced, which is 30cm x 24.5cm x 25 pages, and fully extended it is 7.325 metres long.

2006 - 2007 Project - Aboriginal Teenagers and Young Mothers
Commissioned by Beyond Empathy (Utilizing arts intervention to address the deficits experienced by disadvantaged individuals and communities), I taught photography to two communities in NSW at Moree and Armidale. My students were young mothers many teenagers and male teenagers who were often in trouble with the law. The project work-shopped camera use in portraiture and involved students in shooting their class. I made portraits of individuals in the groups.  

2006 Project - Hay NSW
I photographed the Hay district in New South Wales. My series dealt with the landscape, arable farming, and the natural environment. A series of portraits illustrates the subject’s relationship with the land. Accompanying text expresses the concerns of drought and environmental degradation caused by reduced water flows in the two major river systems in the district.  

2005 Project - Portraits of Farmers and Farming Families
Commissioned by the NSW Farmers Association. I travelled through 13 regions in NSW shooting portraits and the working life of farming families. 

2003 - 2005 Archiving Philip Quirk Photo Collection
Towards the end of 2003 I stood down as managing director of Wildlight Photo Agency, which I founded in 1985. Wildlight was the first photo agency in recent times to develop a continuing presence in the international magazine and book markets. I had built up a large collection of photographs during my 20 years with Wildlight and began re-organizing my film-based images. This included re-editing the collection and developing a new filing system for digitising the collection. Post -production in Photoshop included adding meta-data (author, copyright owner, caption and extended description). This archive is stored on independent hard-drives and backed up on DVDs and is ongoing.

1998 - 2013 -The World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass Holland
World Press Photo supports international photojournalism through an annual contest, exhibitions, educational programs, and publications. The Joop Swart Masterclass is for photographers under 31 years. The objective of this much sought-after award is to help photographers progress on the road toward professional maturity both in terms of theory and practice. As chairperson, I administer the Australia/New Zealand committee. Each year 12 photographers from around the world are chosen to attend the class. Australian recipients of this award include Trent Parke Sydney, Jesse Marlow Melbourne and Adam Ferguson NSW in 2010.

Speaking Engagements:
2011 UNSW COFA Media arts students
2010 UNSW COFA Media arts students 
2006 SH Ervin Gallery floor talk on the Albury Regional Art Gallery Collection
2004 Walkley Forum. The Walkley Foundation promotes journalism and photojournalism in Australia. 
2003 David Moore Lecture - Reportage Photojournalism Festival. Wildlight Photo Agency represented David Moore’s colour archive.  

Career Overview:
1970 - 1974 Assistant to Bruno Benini Fashion Photographer Melbourne
1971 to 1973 Student Prahran College of Advanced Education – Graduated 1974 
1974 Press Photographer Southern Cross Newspaper Group 1974 - 1975  

Lecturer in Photography  1975 - Present:           
Gordon Institute of Technology (now Deakin University)              
Sydney College of the Arts – part-time lecturer             
Australian Centre for Photography – foundation lecturer             
University of Tasmania Art School - guest lecturer             
Charles Sturt University NSW  - guest lecturer
Short course lecturer COFA University of NSW

1976 Moves to Sydney and begins photojournalist practice
1985 Founding member of Wildlight Photo Agency
1990 - 2003 Managing Director of Wildlight Photo Agency
1997 - 2001 Publisher and project manager, Australian Faces & Places Diary, a B/W duo-tone reproduction of Australian Reportage & Documentary Photography
1998 - 2013 Chairman for Australia and NZ of The World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass event held in Holland annually (for photographers under 31 years of age)
1998 - 2004 Spokesperson for the Society of Advertising, Commercial and Magazine Photographers (ACMP) on copyright issues
2000 Chairman of Judges ACMP Photographer Collection Melbourne
2008 Judge for the Nikon Walkley Foundation Photographic Awards 
1976 - Present Professional and personal Photographer specializing in landscape, geographic and documentary photography 
2009 - 2011 Masters Degree by Research, COFA University of New South Wales

Books - Author:
Oxford Street Profile, Book 1 a hand-made accordion folded (edition of 15) 2011 
Farm Life on the Land Reed Books 1997
Wildlight Images of Australia Reed Books 1995
​Wildlight Sydney Hardie Grant Melbourne 2000  
Wildlight Across the Top Hardie Grant Melbourne 2000 
Australian Faces and Places Diary, 1997 – 2001, Wildlight/Diamond Press
The Eisteddfods of Australia & Wales, hand-made (edition of 1) 1982

Books - Contributor
A Day in the Life of Australia, DITLA Sydney
A Day in the Life of New Zealand, JM McGregor NZ
A Day in the Life of California, Collins Publishers Inc USA
The Great Australian Annual, Kevin Weldon & Associates
The Great Australian Wine Book, Reed Books
The Writers Landscape – Wilderness, Simon & Schuster Australia
The Writers Landscape – Settlement, Simon & Schuster Australia
A Salute to Singapore, The Times Singapore
The Racing Game, JMC Melbourne
Australia Take a Bow, Angus & Robertson
Travellers’ Guide to Aboriginal Australia, Angus & Robertson
Surprising Lands Down Under, National Geographic USA
Faces of Australia, Australia Post - Hardie Grant Melbourne
Sydney – World Class Jewel, Towery Inc USA
One Digital Day, Times Books/Random House USA
Wine Atlas of Australia & New Zealand, Harper Collins
Book of the Road & Australian Places, Readers Digest
Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Allen & Unwin
Wool -The Australian Story, Fremantle Arts Centre Press
Brett Whiteley Studio, NSW Art Gallery

Newspapers & Magazines Australia:    
The Age Melbourne, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Good weekend, Weekend Australian, The Bulletin, Australian Geographic, Geo Australia, Outdoor Australia, Qantas – The Australian Way, Time, Who Weekly, Sydney Magazine SMH

Magazines International:
The Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer Magazine (UK)
Stern, Der Spiegel, Geo, Saison, Holiday  & Bunte (Germany)
Forbes Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Wine Spectator, Vanity Fair, National Geographic & National Geographic Traveler (USA) 
Emphasis Magazines (HK) 

Public Gallery Collections:
Australian National Gallery Canberra ACT, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Parliament House Gallery Canberra ACT, National Library of Australia ACT, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, Artbank Sydney, Albury Regional Art Gallery, Horsham Regional Art Gallery and Monash Gallery of Art Melbourne

Exhibitions – Solo
2011 Oxford Street Profile Barometer Gallery Paddington
1997 Farm Life on the Land, George Gallery Melbourne
1997 Farm Life on the Land, Byron Mapp Gallery Sydney
1992 The People and the Paddocks Touring N.S.W.
1991 The People and the Paddocks Touring W.A.
1990 The People and the Paddocks Touring VIC. & Settimana, Italy
1989 The People and the Paddocks Westpac Gallery Melbourne
1989 Stumbling in the Dark Lighthouse Gallery Melbourne & Sogestsu Art Centre Japan
1989 And The Rains Came 1982-1984 Touring Indonesia Dept of Foreign Affairs
1988 Stumbling in the Dark Macquarie Galleries Sydney
1988 And the Rains Came Touring NSW, VIC & QLD Regional Galleries
1983 Black & White Photographs Macquarie Galleries, Sydney      
1983 Black & White Photographs The Developed Image, Adelaide 
1983 Black & White Photographs Orange Regional Art Gallery NSW

Exhibitions – Group:
2011 Photographic Panoramas Josef Lebovic Gallery
2010 Head Off! Landscapes of Australia Head On Photo Festival Sydney
2010 Candid Camera Australian Photography 50s-70s Art Gallery of S.A.
2010 Creating the Look Benini & Fashion Photography Powerhouse Museum
2010 Bowness Photography Prize Monash Gallery of Art Melbourne           
2010 Earth, Flower and Water Centennial Park Sydney     
2009 Australian Photography 1858-2009 Josef Lebovic Gallery
2008 Industrial Photography Josef Lebovic Gallery
2006 Making Hay Shear Outback Museum Hay and Span Gallery 
2005 Australian Landscape & Cityscape Josef Lebovic Gallery
2005 Focus Danks Street Galleries 
2005 Face to Face National Trust SH Ervin Gallery
2004 Australian Post-war Photo-documentary Art Gallery of NSW
2004 Australian Photography 1928 – 2004 Josef Lebovic Gallery
2000 Fine Photography Collectors List No 85 Josef Lebovic Gallery 
1995 On the Edge San Diego Museum of Art USA
1994 Critics’ Choice Art Gallery of NSW
1994 We are Family Art Gallery of NSW
1991 Contemporary Colour Photographs Art Gallery of NSW
1988 Shades of Light Bicentennial Exhibition ANG Canberra 
1988 CSR Collection Art Gallery of NSW
1988 Awarded the Lady Fairfax Memorial Award Art Gallery of NSW    
1988 Portraiture made in Australia Images Gallery
1983 The Lady Fairfax Memorial Award Art Gallery of NSW 
1983 Australian Wilderness Photography NSW University  
1983 Australian Street Photography the '70s ANG Canberra
1982 The Lady Fairfax Memorial Award Art Gallery of NSW  
1982 Colour Photography Newcastle City Gallery NSW 
1982 On the Beach Wollongong City Gallery NSW
1982 Heatwave Australian Centre for Photography
1981 Recent Acquisitions Art Gallery of NSW             
1975-81 Phillip Morris Trust Collection Touring Australia
1975-76 Erwin Art Gallery Melbourne University
1974 Aspects of Australian Photography Inaugural Exhibition ACP    
1973 Student Exhibition Kodak Gallery Melbourne         
1972 Ilford Age of Aquarius finalist Melbourne

Publications on Photography:
2012 Australian Photography Magazine, profile 
2011 Greeting card series from the Art Gallery of NSW Collection 
2010 Australian Photography 1950s–1970s booklet  Art Gallery of S.A.
2009 Australian Photography 1858-2009 Josef Lebovic Gallery Catalogue
2008 Industrial Photography Josef Lebovic Gallery Catalogue
2007 Photography Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection
2003 At Home in Australia National Gallery of Australia Thames & Hudson
2001 The ACMP Photographers Collection , ACMP
2001–1997 Australian Faces and Places Diary documentary photographs 
1995 One the Edge San Diego Museum of Art
1994 Commercial Photography Magazine 
1990 Postcard Collection Wildlight
1988 Shades of Light ANG Collins
1988 Picturing Australia - A History of Photography Angus & Robertson
1987 Window to Australia Deakin University Press
1983 Australian Photography Yearbook Thomas Nelson
1982 Postcards Colour Cosbook
1982 The Eisteddfods B&W hand made book by Geoffrey Major
1981 Three Years On Acquisitions 1978-81 Art Gallery of NSW                      
1980 Photographic World Magazine Article
1979 Australian Photographers The Phillip Morris Collection ANG
1978 Light Vision Magazine Melbourne
1975 New Photography Australia ACP Sydney
1974 Aspects of Australian Photography ACP Sydney

2009 Australian Postgraduate Scholarship COFA University of NSW
1997–2001 Diamond Press & Australian Paper for Aust’n F & P Diary
1988 AWB Ltd for The People & the Paddocks
1984 CSR Ltd for The CSR Project Art Gallery of NSW
1980 Visual Arts Board Australia Council for The Eisteddfods

1999 - 2002 Treasurer Bronte Breakers Swimming Club  
2003 - Present President Bronte Breakers Swimming Club