ABOUT

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).

About

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 Grandfather would call it, "Yokahama")

It’s been almost two 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.

To save myself the awkward challenge of writing about my career in 1st person, you can read my bio below....

It’s been almost two 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.

To save myself the awkward challenge of writing about my career in 1st person, you can read my bio below....

 

Alex Vaughan - Biography

In 9 years Alex Vaughan has established herself as one of the leading portrait & documentary photographers of actors in Australia.

In 2014 Vaughan was selected as one of 40 finalists out of 2500 entrants in the Head On Photographic Portrait Prize for an image from her series ‘In Their Element’.

In 2011 Vaughan was one of 40 finalists in Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize where her work was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.  That same year she won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Head On Photographic Portrait Prize.

Vaughan 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 (Australia’s top selling pro photography magazine) Exposed Challenge.

Vaughan has spent the last five 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 2018.