Hello! I’m Sarah Walker. I am a photographer based in Melbourne, Australia, specialising in theatre and rehearsal photography, performance documentation and creation of promotional material.

Since 2009 I have been shooting for hundreds of Melbourne’s most exciting independent theatre companies and venues, from tiny pop-up independents to clients including the MTC, Malthouse Theatre, Chunky Move, Arts House, Rawcus, Back to Back, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and Next Wave Festival. I’ve also worked around the country and beyond for clients including NIDA, La Boite, You Are Here Festival, Tamarama Rock Surfers, Sipat Lawin (Manila) and Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman.

I have been a winner of the Best Portrait prize at the CCP Salon (2016), a finalist in the MTV RE:DEFINE award (2019), the fortyfivedownstairs Emerging Artist Award (2019) and the National Photographic Portrait Prize (2015), a two-time finalist in the Maggie Diaz Photographic Prize for Women (2017 and 2015) and a semi-finalist in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (2015).

My fine art work is online at sarahwalkerfineart.com.

While constantly shooting, I have also worked as an actor, director, lighting designer, set designer and tech across a variety of theatres and companies, which means that I have an excellent understanding of the process of theatremaking, from concept to the stage. I bring a cinematic eye to production photos, with a strong focus on conveying the emotional and visceral impact of performance. My documentary work is never detached – I have a knack for feeling the aesthetic of a piece, the dynamics of character relationships and the elements of stagecraft, and communicating them succinctly in image form. As a promotional photographer, I work closely with the director and key creatives on a project to extract evocative PR material that grabs the attention of the viewer.

Theatre may be inherently temporal, but images last. I capture every production with passion, professionalism and a fierce commitment to quality.

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CONTACT | sarah.walker.photos@gmail.com

Feel free to email any queries or to request a quote.

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