Tamara Dean - Endangered 5, 2018 (detail)

Tamara Dean

Figurative Art

October 21, 2020

Tamara Dean is an Australian photographer, installation and video artist, who explores the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Born in 1976, Dean lives and works in Sydney, Australia. She studied at the College of Fine Arts and the University of Western Sydney in Australia. Her works have been shown around the world, including at the Brussels Art Fair, the Pingyao Photography Festival in China, and the Australian Centre for Photography. In addition to being an artist, she works as a photographer for the Sydney Morning Herald.

For the first seven years of my life, Dean lived on the edge of a nature reserve which led her to develop a deep love for the Australian bush. In her photographs, she captures moments of transition, creating beautifully crisp, still, dreamlike scenes with young people set against the grandeur of nature. In her work, she focused on rites of passage that teenagers create in nature. Her characters illustrate both the vulnerability and indestructibility of people in nature, but also the paths of discovery taken to conquer these feelings. Her working process involved having a concept or narrative in mind beforehand, while also encouraging spontaneity and engagement.

Featured image: Tamara Dean - Endangered 5, 2018 (detail). Archival pigment prints on cotton rag paper. 54 9/10 × 78 7/10 in. 139.5 × 200 cm. Edition of 8. This is part of a limited edition set. Photo courtesy Galerie Ernst Hilger