Brett Leigh Dicks

Mary Kavanagh

Brett Leigh Dicks is an Australian/American photographer who shares his time between Southern California and Western Australia. His photographic endeavors have led him to explore the intersection between the world’s natural and urban landscapes with the resulting imagery spanning Australia, America and Europe. His primary area of interest investigates the landscape and the fragile ties that it shares with social progress and historical significance. He has channeled that into series that include explorations of abandoned military complexes, decommissioned prisons, walls constructed from socio-political divides, and nuclear landscapes.

In addition to his own photographic pursuits, which has seen Brett’s work exhibited in over 30 solo and 50 group exhibitions, he has written extensively on the subject of photography and has curated exhibitions for public and private galleries and museums. His work exploring America’s death row saw him a finalist in the Fine Art Photography Awards, Photography Gala Awards, and Sony World Photography Awards while his broader prison explorations have constituted two books – Behind These Walls: Photographs of Decommissioned Australia Prisons and Gaols (2016) and A Quiet Conviction: Photographs of Decommissioned Prisons (2017).