1973, Born, Rotorua, New Zealand
1983, Brisbane, Australia
2017, Byron Bay Hinterland, Australia
“I stood beside my father at the border of Hungary.
Pointing to the man high in the tower with the machine gun, dad explained that, had I been born on that side of the fence I would never have been able to leave.
As I had been born in New Zealand, I could travel the world freely.”
Louise Grayson was born in Rotorua, New Zealand when, aged nine, her family spent a year traveling the world before settling in Australia.
This time away from her small home town instilled in her a fascination with cultural juxtapositions around the globe. Louise's examination of human culture—both how it brings people together and is used to divide us - has seen her has traverse the globe. She has worked from rural villages in Africa to the streets of Paris, from China to Antarctica.
Photojournalism has been her chosen medium to explore similarities of the human condition. This exploration began when, aged 18, she dropped out of university to go "see for herself" what was happening in Eastern Europe, (the then) Soviet Union and China after her lecturers explained current text books were all irrelevant due to the rapid sweeping political changes at the time.
She traveled solo, with backpack and camera.
She eventually returned to her studies that resulted in a Ph.D. in Photojournalism, a Masters in Documentary Photography and Bachelors degree in International Politics and Journalism.
Her career has been marked by a constant pursuit of not simply “meeting” people but hearing them, appreciating their perspectives, and attempting to share their tales.
Louise has amassed a portfolio that encompasses the genres of photojournalism, documentary, portraiture and landscape photography. .
She has mounted several major photo essay projects, each spanning years of work —Rituals At Dawn, Streets Apart, Releasing Dragons—and one book, The Guardians, which explores the community that preserves the World War I Anzac legacy in both Europe and Australia.
PhD, Qld University of Technology, Australia.
Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Qld University of Technology
Magnum Agency Photographic Workshop, Sydney, Australia
Master of Arts in Visual Arts, Griffith University, Australia.
Bachelor of Arts (Journalism & International Politics), University of Queensland, Australia
2018 The Guardians, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
2014 Camarade: World War I multimedia exhibition. Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.
2014 Louise Grayson Landscapes, Sprout Gallery, Brisbane Australia
2013 Queensland small towns Documentary project Brisbane Powerhouse Gallery, Australia
2013 Water, photographic exhibition. Head On Photo Festival, Sydney.
2010 Streets Apart QLD Academy for Creative Industreis Gallery
2009 Rural Poultry in the Developing World, International Development Conference, Australia.
2009 Façade, Sarlat Regional Council, France
2008 Façade, Alliance Francasie Gallery, in collaboration with the Queensland Writers Festival.
2007 Releasing Dragons, The Valley Gallery, Queensland, Australia
2018 “The Guardians,” Limited Edition Art Book,
2017 Article: "The Conversation". https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-camarade-the-earth-67835
2014 “The role of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in practising editorial photography in a globalised media environment”. Journalism Practice. Volume 8, Issue 5, p. 632-645.
2013 “Genres of editorial photographs and patterns of photographic practice”. Journalism Practice. Routledge, Volume 7, Issue 3, p 314-328.
2013 “The role of NGOs in today’s photojournalism industry” Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff, United Kingdom.