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photo: Alberto Morales

The work of photographer, artist and documentary filmmaker Stephen Dupont (Australia, 1967) has been exhibited of the Noorderlicht International Photography festival five times. Dupont has produced a remarkable body hauntingly beautiful photographs of fragile cultures and marginalized peoples. He skillfully captures the human dignity of his subjects with great intimacy and often in some of the world’s most dangerous regions. He has published several photo books. His work has received numerous awards, and has appeared in The New Yorker, Le Figaro, The Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Vanity Fair and other journals. 

How were you involved with Noorderlicht?
“As a photographer and I have been involved in several group shows and some solo ones at Noorderlicht over the years, starting with ‘Tsunami’ in 2005 en my last show was at ‘Metropolis’ in 2011.”

What’s the most beautiful exhibition you ever saw, or had, at Noorderlicht?
“It is hard as there have been so many stand out shows both solo and grouped. For me it has to be ‘Cafe Lehmitz’ by Anders Petersen in 2004. One of my favourite books by one of my favourite photographers. It is such a raw, personal and poetically dark compelling body of work.”

What are your thoughts on the future of photography?
“Photography is constantly evolving and changing, and I believe will always have a strong presence in our world. It is an exciting and challenging time with both analogue and digital platforms to explore. My main concern is through digital and how lazy this medium can be. I think social media and photography combined has the potential to kill the creativity of photography. I think Noorderlicht offers us a window and ground for showcasing new and innovative photography and at the same time providing an archive of history through photography, art, culture and storytelling.”