Gerald Jenkins

‘Finding all of my Grandfathers photographs in a box, neglected at the back of a cupboard during a visit to the family house confirmed my huge sense of purpose with a camera. I had discovered my inheritance. Already with clarity I had chosen photography as my career..with this discovery of these beautiful artefacts I was given confirmation that it is someone of my demeanour who has a responsibilty to hold a mirror to society.'

Some notes on Selected Biography

2005/06 BENJAMIN'S BRITAIN-Manchester Art Gallery. Portrait of Lee 'Scratch' Perry selected by poet Benjamin Zephaniah to be included in show curated by Benjamin. The portrait is also used for all promotional purposes including a sixty foot banner outside the gallery.

2004/05 CALENDAR GIRLS Exhibition, Simon Finch Gallery, London. Simon Finch commissions twelve portraits of contempory women using the pastiche of the Calendar to parody a women's role in society.

2003 Portrait of Lee 'Scratch' Perry is purchased by The National Portrait Gallery for their permanent collection.

2003 DREAM TRACES Exhibition, Brighton University. Currated by Professor of Poetics, Michael Tucker Group show celebrating Australian Aboriginal culture. Exhibition also published as a book by the university press.

2002 'THE LANGUAGE OF NATURE' – solo exhibition at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London. Covering ten years of interaction with the Australian landscape and contemporary Aboriginal culture.

2000 PHOTO ESPANIA group show, 'BOUNDARIES' Gallery Espacio Fourquet, Madrid.

'LUIS BUNUEL CENTENARY' personal project on the life of the legendary film maker, including portraits of his sons Juan Luis Bunuel and Rafael Bunuel.

2000 SYDNEY OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY – given exclusive access to document the Indigenous People's participation: 1200 Aboriginal performers present their cultural identity to an international audience.

1999 Commissioned by Bangarra Dance (Australia's leading contemporary indigenous dance company) to travel extensively throughout Australian central desert photographing traditional indigenous performers.

1998 Shoots all promotional material for the feature film by Jane Campion 'Holy Smoke'

1997 Commissions include portraits of traditional Aboriginal artists living in Aboriginal reserves for 'THE BOOK OF THE LOUD' – a government funded youth media project.

'SUBCULTURES' group exhibition touring Australian capital cities.

1996 Comissioned by Random House to photograph portraits for the Book 'The Flying Nun' travelling extensivly throughout the Simpson Desert with a catholic nun meeting all those within her 12000 km parish.

1995 Commissioned to photograph government funded book for Bangarra Dance Co. with a view to raising Aboriginal cultural awareness.

1993 Year of Indigenous People.

Shoot production stills for documentary, 'QUEST FOR COUNTRY' An Aboriginal perspective on how farming is destroying the natural environment, for SBS Television.

1990 Begins career as freelance professional photographer. Commissions from Australian Vogue.

Clients include: Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, i.D., Wig, Amelias Magazine, Arena, Qantas, Schwarzkopf, Mercedes Benz, Soho House Group, Thames and Hudson, Domus, Miramax.

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