Being referred to as ‘one of the worlds best emerging photographers’, Dean West’s style of contemporary portraiture is highly conceptual and thought provoking imagery, a body of work which can be seen among the pages of your favorite magazine to the art gallery wall. Born in a small town of rural Australia in 1983, Dean’s love for photography began in the high school darkroom before continuing his study at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. In Dean’s graduating year, he claimed Gold and Silver distinctions along with the runner up award for prints in the annual Australian Professional Photographers association awards. Graduating with a Bachelor of Photography with majors in visual culture and advertising, Dean later formed a partnership with another photographer, which won nation wide acclaim as a high-end photography and post-production studio called, Berg+West. West, a native of Australia, has spent the past 3 years travelling the globe exhibiting at the world’s most prestigious art fairs. Included in Saatchi & Saatchi’s collection of the world’s top 100 emerging photographers at Cannes, and winner of the IV International Arte Laguna Prize in Venice, Italy. West’s images, designed with the intention of arousing intense curiosity-champion the medium. While this is a case of a picture being worth a thousand words, Dean points out that the multilayered images allow viewers to analyze the process of digital photography itself, which incorporates surrealist collaged objects and perfectly manicured poised models caught in mid-air.
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