Louise Grayson - BIO
“I stood at the border of Hungary as a nine year old child, my hand held by my father. Pointing to the man on 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 was free to travel the world freely.” Louise Grayson
Louise Grayson has an ongoing fascination with cultural juxtapositions around the globe. Throughout her studies she was taught the philosophy that documentary photography is a tool to effect social change - they are "conscious acts of persuasion". She has spent more than 20 years exploring this concept through her photographic projects that have taken her to dozens of countries. An important aspect to her work is to bring to light her desire to understand cultural differences in the places she visits, as well as in her own backyard. Her photographs mark ongoing questions about how humans interact with each other, animals and spaces in the world.
Louise was born in Rotorua, New Zealand when, at age nine, her family spent a year traveling the world together before settling in suburban Australia.
She has a PhD in Documentary Photography, a Masters in Visual Arts (Photojournalism) and a Bachelors degree in Journalism & International Politics.
She is currently a lecturer in Journalism, media and communication at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.