Narelle Autio grew up in Adelaide and graduated from the University of South Australia with a visual arts degree. Now based in Sydney, Narelle is a staff photographer at the Sydney Morning Herald. Previously she worked at the Adelaide Advertiser. She was the principal photographer for News Limited's London bureau and freelanced in the USA.
In 2000, Narelle and Trent Parke published the book "The Seventh Wave," which documented Australian beach culture below the waves. An exhibition of their work was also held that year at the Stills Gallery, Sydney. Narelle was also selected to exhibit her work in the Art at Work Project as part of the Sydney International Airport Enhancement Program and in the Leica/ccp documentary touring exhibition.
She won the Australian Walkley Journalism Award for feature photography in 2000, and in 2001 was selected by the Australian Art Collector Magazine as one of the 50 most collectable Australian artists.
In 2002, Autio was chosen as the winner of the international Leica Oskar Barnack Award for her series Coastal Dwellers. She was the first Australian to win this prestigious award.
During 2003 works from Coastal Dwellers were showcased in the Noorderlicht Fotofestival in The Netherlands. In September 2003, images from Coastal Dwellers were selected to be part of the Summer Life exhibition at Alice Austin House Museum in Long Island, New York.
Ahiida Zanetti lives in Sidney. When she saw her niece wearing her Islamic veil and doing sports, she had the idea of designing the burqini. “I remembered that, as a young girl, I had missed a lot of things, like swimming. So I created something that I could wear while being active”, Ahiida Zanetti explains. “The burqini is born of the encounter of my Muslim culture and my Australian way of life.” Is it not a mix between a burqa and a bikini, simply because it does not cover the face. Ahiida Zanetti now produces roughly 5 to 6 000 models every two months.
Lucky and Ramla are two sisters born in Somalia. Their family fled the civil war and ended up in Adélaide, an Australian city greatly...
For her new body of work, The Summer of Us, Autio has returned to the ocean, but this time to the shore, to the natural and man-made remnants of the long summer days; to a lone pink thong, the skeletons of a hat and a sand-crusted fish. Using large format films, Autio documents her finds, treating each one with the same attention to details.
I love to photograph in the sea, it is my second home but I have always feared the ocean as well, or rather, what lies beneath. Underwater I wait for the jumpers to disturb the stillness. I watch the shimmery figures above me balancing on the rails and I know what they feel.
I love the moment that the sea has hold of me, cocooned in bubbles, suffocated by water and sound and cold and darkness. There is that moment of suspension, of complete isolation. Between worlds, seperated only by a breath of air.
Autio's vibrant images of Australians at leisure have won her impressive national and international acclaim. In 2006 her works shown with Stills Gallery, Sydney, pushed the expressive capabilities of photography. The figures in her underwater tableaux, despite being ordinary people enjoying a swim at the beach, seem almost posed for dramatic effect, as if on a stage. The play of colour and light in the photographs gives them a magic and painterly quality.
Watercolours, her solo show with Stills Gallery in 2004, is the result of a two-year journey across the continent. They elegantly captured the complexity, beauty and drama of Australians' relationship with the water. A selection from...
Narelle Autio’s exhibition « The summer of us » will be part of the festival Photo de mer’s 7th edition, organized by the city of Vannes, and which will take place from April 8 till May 8 2011.\r\rA dozen of free and new exhibitions will enable you to discover hundreds of images taken by passionate photgraphers.\r\rIn the gardens and buildings emblematic of the patrimony of the city, inside as well as in the open, Vannes will share with you, during a month, the richness and emotion of the sea photography.
The Australian photographer Narelle Autio describes in her work, "Watercolors" and "New Color Works" the intense and complex relationship of the Australian population to the sea. The emotional attachment to aquatic environment is characteristic of the continent. The artistic motivation of Narelle Autio is to translate these emotions into images. Narelle Autio lives and works in Sydney. She is a founding member of the photography agency "Oculi". In Europe, she is represented by the "Agence VU" in Paris.