Simon Harsent’s career has spanned more than 20 years and three continents.

Born in England, his photographic career began in London after he finished studying photography at Watford College.
In 1987 Harsent moved to Sydney, Australia where he soon established himself as one of the country’s leading commercial photographers working with the top advertisers in Australia and Asia.

1997 saw Harsent move to New York. However, his connection to Australia and Asia did not stop there. He frequently returns 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.

Over the years, Harsent’s work has been recognized by numerous awards bodies. These include Archive, American Photography, Graphis, Communication Arts, PDN, D&AD, Clio, One Show and Cannes. His work with Levis in Asia in 2008 saw him named Photographer of the Year at The Institute of Advertising Singapore Hall of Fame Awards. Most recently he is a finalist in the National Portrait Prize 2019 and the Head On Portrait award 2019.

He has lectured and led workshops – most recently he hosted a series of talks sponsored by Canon called Making Your Mark, From Passion to Profit, in which he highlighted how his commercial and personal work inform each other.

Simon’s first monograph, Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg was published late 2009 to critical acclaim, reinforced by its inclusion in the PDN Photo Annual and the prestigious D&AD Annual. He was also asked to feature in Canon’s interview series Seconds With, where he talked about his journey in creating the book Melt.

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.

Harsent has had over 10 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 20 group exhibitions most recently and exhibition CDMX Mexico City, Mexico.
Which takles climate change. His charity work includes work for Greenpeace which saw another collaberation with his father David Harsent his for ACON is held is held in the permanent collection of both the power House Museum and the QLD Art Gallery

Early 2015 Harsent’s love of film saw a move into directing with immediate success with his short film for ABC’s Art breaks awarded at the Cannes Avdertising festival. 2017 saw more accolades for Harsent’s directing as he was awarded Adfest’s Bronze pencil for best new Director.
He continues to work on both stills and film projects between studios in Brooklyn NY and Marrickville Sydney.

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