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Toby Burrows

Toby Burrows grew up in colourful Paddington during the 1970s and was immersed in art from a very young age. His first passion was painting, which he studied at Sydney College of the Arts. Four years living and working in London fuelled his interest in photography and on returning to Sydney he began to build an eclectic collection of personal and commissioned work.  His edgy style and award-winning photography have been celebrated with a World Press Award, New York Festival Gold and numerous Cannes and one show finalists.

A force to be reckoned with, Toby’s energy and vivacity behind the lens makes him an exceptionally talented portrait photographer. Both charming and disarming, his natural ability brings out the candid personality of his subjects, exposing that telling glint in the eye, the curl of a lip, furrowed brow - the nuance of expression which gives away more than a thousand words could describe. His portraiture is marked by a bold exuberance, a joie de vivre, whilst his personal work focuses on wider narrative and landscape context which tips into the ethereal and the surreal. Toby’s belief that there is a simplicity and honesty in the relationship between photographer and subject means that he approaches his work with an authenticity - setting it apart through permitting him a unique access to capture the souls of his subjects.

Toby pursues his conceptual projects passionately. ‘Fallen’, Toby’s first international solo photography exhibition, received significant recognition through publications such as the NY Arts Magazine and ‘Dazed and Confused’ Magazine UK. The work was embraced by popular culture when it was posted on Kanye West’s and Justin Timberlake’s blogs.

Toby continues to enjoy and develop his photography. He lives with his wife and three children in Chippendale and shoots out of his studio in Marrickville, Sydney.

Toby has had solo exhibitions both locally and internationally in London, Hamburg, New York and Singapore.



"As an artist, if you can raise a question, start a conversation, I think the work is a success."