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Sophie Howarth has been working as a commercial photographer for 20 years. She completed her formal study in 1993 at the National Art School, Sydney, Australia. Sophie has specialised in Music Photography and has had the opportunity to shoot some of Australia’s most important musicians, festivals and tours. She is one of the Big Day Out official photographers which showcases international and local musicians. Over the last 12 years she has also been working on her artistic practice and has collected a catalogue of work that is a visual representation of her impression of Indigenous Australia and includes photographic images from events in Arhnem Land and the Western desert.

Commercially she has worked with Advertising agencies such as Droga5, Clemenger, McCann-Erickson and in the Music industry record companies such as Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony Records. Her clients have included VB, Mastercard and the Australian Department of Health. Artists she has photographed have included Silverchair, Magic Dirt, Sarah Blasko and Powderfinger locally and internationally Janet Jackson, Bjork, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Metallica and the Foo Fighters to name a few. Publications such as Rolling Stone, The Good Weekend, IF magazine as well as The New York Times and NME (UK) have featured her work. Her photographs have appeared on numerous cd covers and posters including Sadistic Summer by Iggy and the Stooges, 2011.

Her creative work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; Art and About, Sydney; Mart Gallery, Sydney; Semi Permanent, Sydney, Performing Arts Institute Melbourne and in publications such as Rolling Stone Magazine, Frankie and Monster Children.

In 2006 she designed and self published a book of her photographs on the Big Day Out music festival 'Peace Love and Brown Rice a Photographic History of the Big Day Out'. The reverie inspired in such environments as the Big Day Out continues to facinate her.

Sophie is interested in how photographs can tell a story. Her artistic practice over the last twelve years has resulted in a anthology of images that individually tell personal stories, while collectively telling the story of the change in Australia’s relationship with it’s Indigenous culture.

Whilst ongoing with her commercial work Sophie is currently in the process of putting together a new book that showcases her photographs and contains personal stories and insights from some of the people represented in the images, including: Jimmy Little, Mandawuy and Yalmay Yunupingu Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Michael Franti and Jack Thompson.

'I like the way I can use photographs to tell a story. The feeling that was infused in the picture at the moment it was taken, embellishes the story. This is the art of photography for me.'

Please contact Sophie for a pdf of her cv

photo credit: Maclay Heriot