OCULI (Latin) – vision or eye
United by a shared commitment to the power of photography, Oculi offers a poetic visual narrative of our times and our region through eleven distinctive styles and perspectives.
Oculi was born of a collective response to the lack of support for local independent documentary storytelling. As acclaimed practicing photographers we shared a sense of frustration with the limitations in publishing and recognition of our uncompromising stories and images here in Australia. The creation of Oculi’s website in 2001 began as a ‘porthole’ to life in Australia as it happened, portraying both social and physical landscapes. Today, Oculi continues to set the tone in Australia for the best in reportage and art photography and is the country’s premier destination for commissioning and purchasing work.
At the heart of our projects, both commissioned and personal, lies a central conviction – to reveal the beauty, wonder and struggle within everyday life; to show the extraordinary in the ordinary.
In 2000, a select group of award-winning photographers, united by their commitment to documentary-storytelling, formed Oculi. Oculi was created with the intent of compounding the individual’s strength and honesty of imagery within a single non-competitive and public space. Since its inception Oculi has established itself as a powerful and poetic art movement for our times and through it’s growing body of work is now seen as the leading contemporary influence in Australian photographic documentary and art practice. Oculi is an art-house movement in Australia, an unoccupied photographic space, which will continue to expose, exhibit and promote images of contemporary culture in Australia and the surrounding region.
Oculi’s work is represented throughout Europe by L’Agence VU in Paris, recognised as Europe’s leading photographers’ agency.
The history of Oculi’s membership is rich with some of the biggest names in contemporary Australian photography. Current members are: Donna Bailey, James Brickwood, Lee Grant, Claire Martin, Nick Moir, Jeremy Piper, Andrew Quilty, Raphaela Rosella, Dean Sewell, David Maurice Smith, Tamara Voninski and George Voulgaropoulos, with former members including: Narelle Autio, Warren Clarke, Nick Cubbin, Tamara Dean, Glenn Hunt, Jesse Marlow, Trent Parke and Steven Siewert.
All images on this website are the property of the individual photographers of Oculi and are protected by international copyright law. The images may not be reproduced, copied, stored or manipulated for commercial or editorial purposes without the written permission of the author photographer(s). It is illegal to post any image onto any electronic bulletin or to use any image on another website without first obtaining the consent of the photographer(s). No portion of this website, either in part or in whole, may be reproduced in any form without prior consent from Oculi members.
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