Born in England in 1954, Robert Billington moved to Australia from the U.K. at the age of 18 with a Nikon F2 Camera as a method of recording his new life. Inspired by Mirella Ricciardis’ book Vanishing Africa, Robert set about becoming a professional photographer.
Working for the Elton Ward Photographic Studio (1980), Robert studied portraiture and the art of photography. In 1994, Robert won the prestigious Australian Photographer of the Year by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). He then continued on to win over 100 medals in both Australia and England, winning the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Award twice (1988, 1992).
Whilst working professionally Robert continued to photograph personal fine art photographs, steering towards Black & White quirky street shots and the Australian landscape. Now some 25 years later the results of his photographic journals and art are now viewed on this website. His photographs are often dramatic and moody, some say theatrical, humorous and inventive, sometimes posed and studied, occasionally throwing caution to the wind in his pursuit of the beguiling and beautiful, clearly influenced by a knowledge of art.
With his young family in tow, Robert moved to Arcadia, North of Sydney in 1988. Robert started shooting images for his first book, Rustic Paradise. These shots captured a unique part of Australia. Arcadia was then a community largely untouched by the hustle and bustle of city life, and the images Robert created were humorous, emotional, quirky, and very Australian. Max Dupain hailed the book “a classic”. His list of publications has now grown to include nine books.
The images were quickly collected by both national and state galleries. In 2000 and 2001, the Museum of Sydney recognized his unique photographs with two exhibitions. Robert’s work has also been widely published and exhibited in New York, London, throughout Europe and included in the worldwide M.I.L.K exhibition.
Recently Robert exhibited with Tourism Australia in Hong Kong and South East Asia, and was the feature artist for Sydney in the famous French television weekly show Thalassa, that documented his method of portrait and fine art photography … welcome to his website, please enjoy.
1986-88 Winner of NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
1987 Winner: Don Taylor Award for Portrait Photography
1987 Winner: Kodak Award, NSW Print of the Year
1987 Winner: NSW Photographer of the Year
1987 Winner: 4 Silver Merits at the AIPP National Print Awards
1988 Winner: Hasselblad Masters Award of Photography
1988 Awarded Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society. Great Britain
1988 Awarded Fellowship of the British Institute of Professional Photography
1988 Awarded Master of Photography from the Australia Institute of Professional Photography
1989 Included in the Faber Castell Drawing Exhibition
1990 Winner: 3 Silver Merits at the AIPP National Print Awards
1991 Winner: 3 Silver Merits at the AIPP National Print Awards
1991 Winner: 2 Silver Merits at the AIPP/Agfa Trans Tasman Awards
1991-92 Winner: Hasselblad Masters Award of Photography
1994 WINNER THE AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 1994-95
1998 4th Master of photography [AIPP]
1999 Fellow of Australian institute of Professional Photography
2000 5th Master of Photography AIPP
2003 Finalist for Citibank Portrait Prize
1992: Rustic Paradise.
1996: Balmoral: Every man and his dog.
1999: The Bridge – Peribo publishers
2003: This is Australia – Hodder and Stoughton (sold out).
2004: Sydney – publisher, The Neuse, Germany (sold out).
2005: Billingtons Sydney – publisher, Peribo.
2005: Australian – publisher, Sparkle horse.
2006: Bondi the sound of tumbling water – publisher, Sparkle horse.
Robert Billington Photography at Etching House
Robert Billington fine art and photgraphy at Etching House Melbourne Affordable Art Fair may 2011.
Robert Billington is a well respected and renowned Australian Fine Art Photographer.
Roberts work may be seen in State and National Galleries.
Etching House is proud to know and enjoy the fine art work of this Master of Film Photography Robert Billington, Robert has made available a wonderful collection of limited edition fine art prints, reproductions, unlimited editions, special hand signed film photograph’s faithfully made on fine art archival material, Fine art Photography is available in Australia in mediums such as Giclee digital prints, Film material, While Roberts work is mostly film photographs he has in recent years embraced digital photography.
Robert also has available seminars and classes in small gotups and or one to one, Robert Billinton has a wonderful body of works collected over a life time above all they are affordable and with his affordable limited edition prints, Giclee, reproduction, Photograph, Etchings original paintings and now Digital photography limited edition prints.
Etching House for – Robert Billington original fine art and limited edition photography prints.
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