Born in Newcastle, Australia in 1971, Trent Parke now lives in Adelaide, the only Australian photographer in the celebrated Magnum group.
Trent won the prestigious W Eugene Smith Award for humanistic photography in 2003, for his epic road trip around Australia, “Minutes to Midnight”. He has also won World Press Photo Awards in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2005.
He has been awarded five Gold Lenses from the International Olympic Committee (1996, 1997 and 1998) and the Canon Photo Essay Prize in the 2000 Sasakawa World Sports Awards. He was also selected to be part of the World Press Photo Masterclass in 1999.
Trent self-published his first two books: Dream/Life in 1999 and The Seventh Wave (with Narelle Autio) in 2000. Both made the top two in the book category at the Picture of the Year International.
His work has been widely exhibited, including recent solo exhibitions in New York, London and Germany. “Minutes To Midnight” was shown at The Australian Centre for Photography in Jan/Feb 2005, in conjunction with the Sydney Festival, and became the most highly-attended show in the recorded history of the ACP.