Stephen Dupont has seen it all.
He’s been on the ground for the genocide in Rwanda, the war in Afghanistan, the 2013 tsunami in the Solomon Islands and countless other global conflicts and disasters.
The Australian’s compelling, often shocking, but always beautiful work has earned him some of the world’s most sought-after photography awards – a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize, a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation from the Overseas Press Club of America, an Australian Walkley and a first place in the World Press Photo, Picture of they Year International are but a few of the accolades to his name.
In his 39 years, the Canon Master has witnessed and captured extremes of the human experience that most will never witness in an entire lifetime.
So we sat down with Stephen ahead of his live show for Sydney’s Vivid Festival, titled ‘Don’t Look Away’, to talk about his utterly fascinating career, philosophy for life and photography, as well as what motivates him to chase human horrors.
For Stephen, looking away from these tragedies would be a crime – it’s both the responsibility of the photographer and the public to confront these truths, no matter how upsetting they might be.
Watch our talk with Stephen Dupont in the player above. If you want to see his free Vivid show, hit up the event page here.
(Image: Stephen Dupont)