Trent Parke was born and raised in Newcastle, New South Wales. He is the first Australian to become a Full Member of the renowned photographers’ cooperative Magnum Photo Agency, and is considered one of the most innovative and challenging young photographers of his generation. Whilst working as a photojournalist during the first years of his career, he received numerous national and international awards, including World Press Photo Awards in 1999, 2000, 2001 and in 2005 .
In 2003, his partner and fellow photographer Narelle Autio, drove almost 90,000 km (56,000 miles) around Australia. Minutes to Midnight, the collection of photographs from this journey, offers a sometimes disturbing portrait of twenty-first century Australia. For this project, Parke was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.
In 2006 Parke was awarded the ABN AMRO emerging artist award and The National Gallery of Australia acquired Parke’s entire Minutes To Midnight suite.
In Nov 2008 The Australian Centre For Photography will premier his second solo show at ACP, (Minutes to Midnight 2005 ) The Christmas Tree Bucket.
Parke’s major works include, The Seventh Wave (1999 to 2000), Dream/Life & Beyond (1995 to 2002), Minutes To Midnight (2003 to 2005), Coming Soon (2005 to 2008), Welcome To Nowhere
( 2006) , and The Christmas Tree Bucket (2005 to 2008).
His two books include The Seventh Wave, with Narelle Autio (1999), and Dream/Life, (2000).