Mark Kimber a finalist in national award for excellence in photographic portraiture

UniSA’s Mark Kimber, Studio Head of Photography in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, has been selected as a finalist in the $20,000 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture exhibition for his work Dash on the Summer Solstice

UniSA’s Mark Kimber, Studio Head of Photography in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, has been selected as a finalist in the $20,000 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture exhibition for his work Dash on the Summer Solstice.

Kimber says his photograph was inspired by “the idea of "periphery and exploring the marginalised and the fringe dweller by use of theatrical tropes that deal with tribalism within the suburban realm”.

“My photograph is of my son Dash on the summer solstice,” he says”. “He had made a mask based on those worn by people from ancient cultures that celebrated the change of seasons.”

The Olive Cotton Award celebrates excellence in photographic portraiture, with the winning piece acquired for the Tweed Regional Gallery. The nationally recognised award often features works from some of Australia’s most recognised photographers, as well as emerging photographers.

Kimber was selected from a field of more than 500 entries across Australia.

“Being selected as a finalist is something that is both a thrill for me and an honour,” Kimber says. “The Olive Cotton award has become one of the premier photographic art awards in the country.”

The exhibition will take place at the Tweed Regional Gallery in NSW from 21 July to 8 October 2017.