RIVERINE HERALD photographer Luke Hemer has reached the final of the inaugural $15,000 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Prize.
His entry is a portrait of director Scott Hicks (pictured left) and was taken in 2007 at his Adelaide office as an assignment for Messenger Press.
Luke said he was flattered to have made the final, which includes some of Australian photography’s biggest names.
“Along with Scott Hicks I’ve been lucky enough to photograph the likes of Pink, Guy Sebastian and John Howard (all pictured above),” Luke said.
“Working with Scott was a different experience for a photographer as he likes to direct himself as you are taking the pictures,” he said.
“It’s a shoot that I will always be fond of.’’
The Kantor winner will be announced on August 20 at the exhibition’s official launch in the Ballarat Town Hall.
All finalists will then be on show until September 17.
The competition has been named in honour of the late portrait photographer Martin Kantor.
The $15,000 acquisitive prize is awarded for a photographic artwork of a significant, living Australian in the fields of art, letters, science, sport or politics. The exhibition will showcase the winner and finalists.
The Dara Foundation has sponsored the award in memory of Kantor, a photographer who was also a philanthropist and known for his arresting portraits of famous musicians and artists such as Iggy Pop, Howard Arkley, painter Adam Cullen and conceptual artist Dale Frank.