Artist bio

NEIL DUNCAN

HEY SPORT/ Neil Duncan

Neil Duncan is a veteran of the world of press photography. His career began in Sydney with Rupert Murdoch in The Daily Mirror in 1967. Before joining his stable-mate The Australian, the influential national broadsheet, for much of the 1970’s.

After travelling throughout South America in 1977-78, he landed in Fleet Street and worked for several years on THE TIMES, The Sun and other leading publications. Neil was one of only 15 photographers allowed inside Saint Paul’s Cathedral to cover the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana. His versatility took him to other prestige locations in London, such as centre court at Wimbledon and Lord’s, the spiritual home of cricket, as newspaper editors harnessed his talent for sports photography.

Whilst stationed in London, Duncan travelled to Morocco, Mexico or the Caribbean every year to expand his photographic horizons. After sailing to Galapagos Islands he was offered a job in Ecuador with an advertising agency, which turned into six of the most interesting months of his life.

As Australia prepared to take on the United States for the America’s cup, the holy grail of international yachting, Duncan charted the course of the ‘whinged keel” challenge from Time Magazine in South America and photographed the famous Aussie victory in Newport Rhode Island in 1983.

A year in the USA followed before his return to Sydney, where he worked for magazines before becoming an in-demand photographer in the corporate world. For two decades he created striking images for some of Australia’s biggest companies, blue chip industrialists from mining to manufacturing.

The new millennium opened up fresh photographic directions, made possible by the digital revolution. While still shooting for the corporate clients, Duncan began pushing his boundaries of artistic creativity. Inspired by visiting the world’s greatest galleries and collections, he pioneered a new field of photography and began producing original works of photo art acclaimed by collectors and students of the digital genre alike.

These artworks are dazzling in their brilliance and instantly recognizable by their kaleidoscopic style. Every digital image is a signature Duncan, captured with a special photographic technique that creates every picture “in camera”, using Photoshop only for resizing.

With a long-awaited book of his classic images now in the pipeline, Neil remains one of Australia’s consummate professional photographers. His pictures have already appeared in several books, are held in government collections in Canberra, and grace the walls of photography aficionados around Australia.

Josef Lebovic Gallery in Paddington holds and represents his historical black and white work, while Neil Duncan’s modern artworks are sold exclusively through the Queensland Centre of Photography. 

All images in the Hey Sport body of work have been created in camera – no Photoshop effects, just Duncan’s camera techniques.

Prints are available in a range of sizes, up to 120cm x 150cm. For sales enquiry contact QCFP 

I have known Dunc for almost all his fifty-year journey in photography.

We first met in the News Ltd Photographic department in Sydney in the late 1960’s. Early on you would not call it a close friendship, I was the upstart from Adelaide, he was the senior cadet, and not at all happy with my presence in Photographic. A few years later over a few beers in a Spencer St pub with Ray Blackburn, the then Melbourne Age picture editor we kissed and made up and have been the best of mates ever since.

As he has often said to me over the years, “I don’t want to be a photographer. I want to be a picture maker, using the space between my ears to create and then use the tools I have to make the picture. I like to think all my work has been thought-out before I hit the shutter. I’m always trying to be creative, be it in my commercial or art works”.

These images may look like fuzzy snaps, but I can assure you there was a lot of thought went into every one of them.

Milton Wordley, 2020

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