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Simon Harsent

Simon Harsent is an internationally renowned photographer and Director. Born in England he began his career in London before moving to Australia.

1997 saw Harsent move to New York. However, his connection to Australia and Asia did not stop there. He frequently returned to Australia to shoot and is co-founder of POOL collective, a thriving photographers’ collective. Harsent was listed as one of the most influential people in advertising in Australian Creative’s 2011 Power 20 issue. 

In 2017 after 20 years in NY Harsent relocated his base back to Sydney.

Harsent’s work has been recognized at numerous award shows around the world including American Photography, Graphis, Communication Arts, PDN, D&AD, Head On Portrait and Landscape awards and the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Harsent has had over 10 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 20 group exhibitions.

His work for ACON is held is held in the permanent collection of both the power House Museum and the QLD Art Gallery.

Harsent has had eleven solo shows and his work has been in over twenty Group shows.

In 2009 Harsent’s first monograph Melt portrait of an Iceberg was published to critical acclaim. reinforced by it’s inclusion in the Photo District News (PDN) yearly Best of Annual and the prestigious D&AD annual. 

In 2011 Simon collaborated with his father, the Poet David Harsent, on a series called Into the Abyss, which was later exhibited at the Sydney Opera House.

Late 2020 saw the publication their latest collaboration Salt Moon with Guillemot Press in the UK.



"First and foremost it has to speak to me in some way. It has to move me the same way a beautiful piece of music can. It's a sensibility that is hard to explain but you can tell when you see a great picture or series of pictures straight away - it's something that sparks the senses."