Dean West
Photography, Canada Ontario Toronto
 
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Professional Experience
Dean West, “one of the world’s best emerging photographers” (AFTER CAPTURE MAGAZINE), has a highly conceptual and thought-provoking style of contemporary portraiture. His body of work has been featured in top photography magazines, art galleries, and received numerous international awards.
Born in small-town rural Australia in 1983, Dean’s love for photography began in his high school’s darkroom- one of the largest darkrooms in the country at the time- and blossomed at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
After graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Photography with majors in visual culture and advertising, Dean formed a partnership, Berg+West, which won nationwide acclaim as a high-end photography and post-production studio. Through clients like the QLD Government and SONY, Dean quickly learned to transform stick figure sketches into intricate composited photographs with immense detail and clarity.
In 2008, Dean was included in Saatchi & Saatchi’s collection of the world’s top 100 emerging photographers and went on to win Advertising Photographer of the Year at the International Aperture Awards. With success in advertising and a growing list of collectors- Dean decided to dedicate more of his time to the world of art. In the following years, his series ‘Fabricate’ received worldwide recognition from top photography competitions, including: the International Colour Awards, the Lucie Awards, the Loupe Awards, and in 2009, Dean was the winner of the IV International Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy. This final award being the most prestigious for emerging artists with over 5,000 applicants gunning for the top prize in
photography, sculpture and painting. Zoom Magazine quickly nominated Dean in the ‘New Talent’ issue of 2010 and the Magenta Foundation awarded Dean an emerging Photographer of Canada.
Dean’s body of work is now being collected by a growing number of sophisticated art collectors in Australia, Italy, and Canada.
  
Awards and Recognition
Winner of the IV International Arte Laguna Prize
Fotografica, 'Fabricate' Venice, Italy 2010

Illustrative Photographer of the Year
International Loupe Awards, Australia 2011

Pollux Award | Worldwide Photography Gala 2011
Directors Special Mention, Fabricate

Official Selection Prix De L Photographie Paris
Paris, France 2011

Advertising & Fashion Photographer of the Year
International Aperture Awards, Australia 2010

Emerging Photographer of Canada
Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation, Canada 2011

Applied Arts Magazine Winner, Canada 2011
‘Fabricate’

Applied Arts Magazine Winner, Canada 2011
‘Around the Bend’

International Photography Awards 2011
Lucie Foundation 2nd Place, Fine Art Pro, USA

AIPP Australian Professional Photographer Awards 2011
Creative Photographer of the Year Runner Up

Visual Artist of the Year 2010
Africa Photographic Awards, Johannesburg, South Africa

Winner in the 4th Annual Masters Cup
International Colour Awards, London, United Kingdom

Applied Arts Winner, Canada 2010
‘Fabricate’

Applied Arts Winner, Canada 2010
‘Every Dink Counts’ QLD Government

International Photography Awards Honourable Mention
Lucie Foundation, USA, 2009

Australia’s Top Photographer Nominee
Creative Magazine

Advertising Photographer of the Year
International Aperture Awards, USA 2008

Top 100 Emerging Photographers
Saatchi & Saatchi, Cannes, France 2008
 

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