The group of eight include Tim Page, Stephen Dupont, Ben Bohane, Jack Picone, Ashley Gilbertson, David Dare Parker, Michael Coyne and Sean Flynn, who went MIA in Cambodia in 1970.
The collection is still travelling as an exhibition and if you get the chance to view it, it is well worth your time. I have the book in my studio and often pull it out to show those learning photography the depth of wealth, compassion, humility and photography excellence this gathering of men has.
Looking into the images the viewer realises: each one tells a story, each one has compositional elements and each was captured when time was not on hand to set up a perfect pose. These men know their cameras, how they work and when to click.
Over the years I have had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with many of the men and have been in awe at their humbleness in telling their stories. Indeed they rate as some of the best documentary photographers in the world. Each has a list of awards reflective of their excellence and the high regard in which they are held by photographic, journalistic and humanitarian peers.
The collective are now exhibiting “Degree South Peace” at the Monash Gallery of Art till the 28th April 2013. A book will be released soon and it will be one I will not be missing out on purchasing a copy.
For more information please visit: http://degreesouth.com
Written by Danielle Lancaster