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John Rodsted

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John’s career in the photography industry spans more than 35 years. Originally trained as a commercial photographer, he set up his own studio in Melbourne when he was 22. Bored by the industry, he packed it in and hit the road in 1986 to become a photojournalist. The world has been his studio ever since, and he has spent the past 20 years as a true gypsy, wandering the planet. His career has had him working in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Bosnia, Sudan, Kosovo, Mozambique, Western Sahara, Eritrea, Laos, Lebanon and East Timor, to name but a few places. His subject is mainly about communities at risk, including, ordinary people trying to survive the horrors of war.

John is the official photographer of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and part of the team that won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. His work has been exhibited globally in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Sydney Opera House, Royal Geographical Society, Smithsonian Institution, United Nations and The Hague. He has also been a member of the Australian government’s delegation to the United Nations in Geneva while working on the Landmine Ban Treaty. He has photographed separate books on Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Solomon Islands and is currently working on projects about polar bears and global warming, and Laos and Lebanon.

An avid skydiver with over 3,500 jumps to his credit, John is a former national champion, parachute instructor and stuntman for films and commercials. He was the Blue Power Ranger stunt double. Since 2008, John has been an adjunct professor of photojournalism at Griffith University. He has worked in the Arctic and Antarctic since 2003 as a Quark Expeditions Historian, Guide and Expedition Leader and is a self-confessed polar addict with close to 180 expeditions under his belt.