HUGH STEWART ‘The Still Life’
This is a new body of work from the internationally acclaimed photographer Hugh Stewart, who’s recent portraits of Baz Luhrmanns The Great Gatsby cast were featured exclusively in Vogue Magazine internationally. Hugh explores his passion of still life photography, creating gestural relationships between every day objects, nature, iconography and the viewer.
Hugh Stewart was born in New Zealand and grew up on a farm. The eldest of 7 children, he displayed no interest in farming, and after school absconded to Europe. It was while residing in a notorious London squat in the early 1980s that he first picked up a camera and started taking portraits of his friends. Following a particularly spectacular eviction, he returned, via New York, to the Southern Hemisphere. This time Sydney. It was here, faced with the prospect of unemployment, he put together a portfolio and received his first assignment, (for Australian VOGUE). This led to further commissions for magazines and advertising agencies.
He has photographed amongst others Johnny Cash, Michael Caine, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Kenneth Branagh, Naomi Watts, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Catherine Deneuve, Clint Eastwood, Harvey Weinstein, Julian Schnabel, Rod Stewart, Sir John Mills, Sir Ian McKellen, John Updike, Leonardo Dicaprio, Bill Nighy, David Hare, Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett and The Duchess of Devonshire.
His photographs have been hung in the National Portrait Gallery in London and in Canberra
Hugh Stewart lives between NY, London and Sydney, and has worked for I-D, The Face, British, Australian, French and American VOGUE, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Sony, HBO, Microsoft, Levis, J. Crew, Singapore Airlines, Emirates airlines,The Sydney Theatre company, MasterCard and Chanel.
The following article features work from Hugh Stewart’s current exhibition ‘North South’. On show at MiCK from 14 May – 16 June. Hugh Stewart | Vogue
September Issue, RealLiving Magazine
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