Australian-born Photographer, Justin Cooper, is known for his alluring and engaging fashion and beauty images. Cooper’s personal work is an exploration of the face as a portal that resonates the inner condition. His work serves as an inquiry, rather than a statement. Fashion photography is a representation of desire, it reflects movements in popular culture. Cooper often balances this focus on modernity by punctuating his images with references to the past.
“I prefer the sitter to be passive to the camera, or caught in its gaze.” Using the face as a tool for narration allows Cooper to probe, and authenticate, notions of beauty and to transform the editorial sphere into a medium for commentary. Cooper studied art and commercial photography at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and later at the College Of Fine Art – Sydney. His images feature regularly in publications throughout Europe and Australia, with commissions including a 50-page editorial spread for Harper’s Bazaar. Cooper’s work has taken him from Sydney to Hong Kong, New York, London and Paris, where he is now based.