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John Rodsted

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John's career spans more than 35 years in the photographic industry. 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 since and the past 20 years have been spent as a true gypsy wandering the world's trouble spots. His career had had him working in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Bosnia, Sudan, Kosovo, Mozambique, West Sahara, Eritrea, Laos, Lebanon and East Timor to name but a few. His subject is mainly about communities at risk, ordinary people trying to survive the horrors of war. He is the official photographer to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and part of the team that won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. His work has been widely exhibited globally in some of the world's most prestigious venues including the Sydney Opera House, Royal Geographical Society, United Nations, The Hague, and Smithsonian Institute. He has also been a member of the Australian Government delegation to the United Nations in Geneva whilst working on the Landmine Ban Treaty. He has photographed separate books on Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Solomon Islands and is currently working on a project about Polar Bears and global warming and another on Laos and Lebanon. An avid skydiver with over 3500 jumps to his credit he a former national champion, parachute instructor and a stuntman for films and commercials. He was the stunt double to the Blue Power Ranger. Since 2008 he has been Adjunct Professor at Griffith University and teaches Photojournalism. He has working in the Arctic and Antarctic since 2003 as Historian, Guide and Expedition Leader and is a self-confessed polar addict with close to 180 expeditions under his belt.