< John Kendrick Dobson



Born in Melbourne, Australia, after graduating from Frankfurt International School in Germany, I studied Graphic Design at Maidstone College of Art in the UK, where I first began taking photographs seriously, and then at the Royal College of Art in London. Returning to Australia, after spending most of the 1980s working as art director in advertising, then drifting off to pursue various other creative endeavours, I decided the spontaneity of photography and designing within the context of a photographic frame more suited to my temperament. Studying Graphic Design at Art College taught me lateral and conceptual thinking, a Diploma of Photography from Sydney Institute of TAFE Ultimo taught me the photographic technique I needed to successfully execute my concepts.


Education & Training

  • 2006 Sydney TAFE, Ultimo – Diploma of Photography (with Distinction)
  • 2004 Sydney TAFE Ultimo – Certificate IV of Photography
  • 1981 Royal College of Art, London, England – Master of Arts: Graphic Design
  • 1978 Maidstone College of Art, Kent, UK – Bachelor of Arts: Graphic Design
  • 1975 Hornsey College of Art, London – Foundation Course

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2022 Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York – Vernal Passage, Group Exhibition
  • 2021 Head On Photo Festival: 107 Gallery, Sydney – Fetish, Group Exhibition
  • 2019 Disorder Gallery, Sydney: Visual Arts Icons, Solo Exhibition
  • 2019 Head On Photo Festival: 107 Gallery, Sydney – Visual Arts Icons, Group Exhibition
  • 2018 Head On Photo Festival, Sydney: 107 Gallery, Sydney – Sleepwalking Series, Group Exhibition
  • 2017 Head On Photo Festival, Sydney: Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, Suburbia, Group Exhibition
  • 2017 Contact Sheet Gallery, Sydney – Suburbia, Group Exhibition
  • 2016 Head On Photo Festival, Sydney: Featured Exhibitor – Visual Arts Icons
  • 2014 Sydney TAFE Ultimo – TAFE Photography 50-Year Retrospective
  • 2011 Sydney Leather Pride Association – Aurora Gallery, Art Space 2011
  • 2011 Sydney TAFE: Captured – Graduate Photography Exhibition
  • 2010 Sydney Leather Pride – Tap Gallery, Art Space 2010
  • 2007 Head On Portrait Exhibition – Australian Centre for Photography, Finalist
  • 2006 Fuji Film Site Unseen – TAFE Photography Student Exhibition


  • 2007 NSW Department of Education & Training, State Medal: Sydney TAFE Ultimo – Outstanding Performance on Completion of the Diploma of Photography
  • 2006 AIPP NSW Professional Photography Awards – Student Folio of the Year Competition


All of these photographs were taken with a Sony RX100 compact camera. I look for uncluttered compositions without people or cars and with one centre of interest. I focus on line, shape or form and with only one or two dominant or complementary colours. I prefer the soft light of twilight, late afternoon or cloudy overcast days.