2019 Head On Photo Festival

Head On Photo Festival May 5th top May 20th 2018

“Metro Man” my series from Paris 1995, has been chosen to be featured in the Head On International Photography Festival in Sydney, May 2019. Every image represents four seconds of time, hand held camera exposures, manipulating and montaging my subjects within the camera also using subject movement, producing surreal images of the Paris metropolitan rush hour. Juxtaposing the mood and movement of the people, against advertising posters on the metro walls. This series is a unique insight into the daily ritual of Parisians traveling to and from work.  See more……

Head On Photo Festival May 5th top May 20th 2018

Held in Sydney, May 5th to May 20th 2018, the International Head On Photo Festival, will feature this exhibition by Craig Holmes. Of Caravans and Canvas will be part of a large international group exhibition, 12 of the images will be printed on vinyl and displayed at the Paddington Reservoir Gardens. Artist talk 11:30am Sunday 6th May.     See more……

artist biography

Craig Holmes born in Brisbane, Australia, 1956. Began work in the newspaper industry in 1972. Opening an advertising and commercial studio in the early 1980’s, his successful career in photography lead him to winning many national awards including the AIPP Kodak Australian Professional Photographer of the Year 1993. Other awards included Bulletin Mumm Photographic Award in 1989 and 1990 and the Australian Ballantines Finest International Award 1992.

He started shooting the first of his self-commissioned social documentaries in 1972, documenting Indigenous Australians and many other subjects including Ashtons Circus series, Water Line and Wildside.  Some of his images were described by Sandra Byron, formally Curator of Photography, Art Gallery of NSW, as The photographer’s involvement in producing these striking photographs seems at once removed and yet totally involved as he captured scenes that were both ordinary and extraordinary; real and abstract.”

works held in collection

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Photographers Gallery, London
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
National Gallery of Victora Arts, Melbourne
Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

one-person exhibitions

Water Line, The University Of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 2008
Of Caravans and Canvas, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, 1992
Kowanyama Warriors, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne, 1991
Ashton’s Circus, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 1990
Insights, Imagery Gallery, Brisbane, 1988

group exhibitions

Of Caravans and Canvas, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, 2018
The Body’s Terrain, Benalla Art Gallery, 2017
Flash, National Gallery of Victoria, 2014
MGA Collection: Holding on, letting go, Monash Gallery of Art 2008
Photographs from the MGA Collection, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, 2006
Images of Australian Men, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, 2002
Watermarks: Adventure, Sport & Play, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 2001
Waterproof, Lisbon World Exposition, Lisbon, 1998
The Power to Move, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1996
Face Value, Waverley City Gallery, 1996
Who’s That Girl, Waverley City Gallery, 1995

awards include

AIPP Kodak Australian Professional Photographer of the Year 1993
Ballantine’s Finest International Photography Award 1992
Bulletin Mumm Cordon Rouge Photographic Award Winner 1989 & 1990

art portfolios