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Perth Photographers at Rotterdam Photo 2020 January 26, 2020

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Photo Darren Smith

Photo Darren Smith

Photo Darren Smith

Perth Photographers Adrian Lambert and Darren Smith are selected to exhibit at Rotterdam Photo 2020 as part of their theme, TRANSITIONS. They have both lived and worked in Western Australia before departing for separate lives in Europe, and their work explores their creative response to life in the UK and The Netherlands, respectively. 

Photo Darren Smith


Their project “We leave behind that which we cannot carry” explores the concept of frame of reference through the photographers’ shared history and geography; and presents two distinct bodies of work, which reveal interconnectedness and contrasts.

Photo Adrian Lambert


Adrian Lambert (b. 1972) is a British photographer from a disconnected Northern town in England. In 1996 he left to live in Perth, and has returned after 16 years to the town of his childhood, with his family. He set out documenting the closure and relocation of his old high school – a chaotic process set against a backdrop of unchanged surfaces, familiar to several generations of occupants. The work speaks to the idea of perseverance amidst upheaval, and the lasting impact that even mundane spaces have on our psyche. 

Photo Adrian Lambert

Photo Adrian Lambert

Photo Adrian Lambert


After pursuing a career since 1989 centred on commercial architectural documentation and portraiture, he is now focussed on the human response to the built environment. His career began as an accident that resulted from a job as a van driver for a commercial studio, to his being established as one of Australia’s most sought after Architectural photographers. Recent commissions include documenting the transitioning culture and environment in and around NOMA, a recently demarcated district of Manchester as it transitions from its Co-Operative Wholesale Society roots to a new 20 acre modern neighbourhood.  

American-born photographer Darren Smith (b. 1984) has a signature style, combining classical influences with a touch of rock and roll, and strong personalities. He attended Edith Cowan University and lived in Perth from 2003, until departing for Amsterdam in 2016. Darren reflects on his first four years in The Netherlands, as a creative and personal journey. 

Since transitioning to Amsterdam, he has embarked on a creative exploration traveling to electronic music festivals and nightclubs around Europe, where he captures ethereal performers and personalities in his ‘pop up studio’.

His work focuses on capturing the authenticity of the people he portrays, using the rich, otherworldly environments to create a special atmosphere where people become the ‘best idealised versions of themselves’. In a world that is increasingly disconnected, Darren uses photography as a tool to connect people. His move to The Netherlands represents a creative catalyst that has allowed him to be inspired, and to inspire others with the humanity of those he photographs.

‘We leave behind that which we cannot carry’ is exhibited February 6-9 at Rotterdam Photo 2020 in Deliplein, Rotterdam, and their work will be presented at Rotterdam Photo Talks at Nederlands Fotomueseum on February 8th from 20:00.

http://lambertphoto.co.uk

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