Alex Vaughan is an award winning portrait and documentary photographer based in Sydney, Australia.

Me and my twin sister Adrienne with our Grandfather Les Vaughan (before life jackets for minors were mandatory). Photo by Dad, John Vaughan.

Oh Lovey pum. It’s gone by so quickly. It feels like it all happened yesterday....
— My Grandfather, Les Vaughan on life (he was 96 at the time).


Two of Grandfather’s favourite songs (which say a lot about him): 

1.   ‘What a wonderful world’ by Louis Armstrong

2.   ‘Oh what a beautiful morning’ from the musical Oklahoma (or as he would call it, "Yokahama")

It’s been almost four years now since he passed. And two key things remain… The memories in my head of our time together, and the physical evidence of his life – notes, bits and pieces, videos and photographs. These are precious items. Some of my favourite videos and photographs are not even special occasions, they’re beautiful little moments. Snippets of life. The everyday. A place and time never to be repeated.

It’s fair to say that this very much forms the basis for my approach to my work and how I see the world.

Alex Vaughan - Biography

In 10 years Alex Vaughan has established herself as one of the leading portrait & documentary photographers of actors in Australia.

In 2017, her personal series 'In Their Element' was the featured project in Capture Magazine's May/June issue.

In the same year Vaughan was selected as one of 40 finalists out of 2500 entrants in the Head On Photographic Portrait Prize for her self portrait 'Head Wound'. And in 2014 she was selected as one of the 40 finalists for an image from her series ‘In Their Element’.

In 2011 Vaughan had her work exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, where she was a finalist in Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize. That same year she won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Head On Photographic Portrait Prize.

She received critical acclaim in 2010 as an emerging photographer after winning ‘The People’s Choice Award’ at the Sony ACMP Projections Emerging Photographers Competition for her series ‘Les and Eileen’. The series was also published in and won Capture Magazine’s Exposed Challenge.

Vaughan has spent the last seven years travelling and working in Australia, the U.S., New Zealand and Europe on various commissioned and personal projects. The first part of her current major body of personal work ‘In Their Element’ is due for exhibition in Australia in 2019.