Neil is a veteran of world press photography while his more recent fine arts work is based around the exploration of images created by the abstraction of time during their exposure or creation. A growing catalogue of Neil's work is available from Eleven40 Gallery.
Blender Gallery - Sydney 2010
The Watchouse Gallery - Sydney 2009
Neil Duncan is a veteran of the world of press photography. His career began in Sydney with The Daily Mirror in 1967, before joining its stablemate The Australian, the influential national broadsheet, for much of the 1970s.
After travelling throughout South America in 1977-78, he landed in Fleet Street and worked for several years on The Times and other leading publications. Neil was one of only 15 photographers invited inside Saint Paul’s Cathedral to cover the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana. His versatility took him to other prestige locations in London, such as centre court at Wimbledon and Lord’s, the spiritual home of cricket, as newspaper editors harnessed his talent for sports photography. While stationed in London, he travelled to Morocco, Mexico or the Caribbean every year to expand his photographic horizons. After sailing to the Galapagos Islands he was offered a job in Ecuador with an advertising agency, which turned into six of the most interesting months of his life. As Australia prepared to take on the United States for the America’s Cup, the holy grail of international yachting, Neil charted the course of the “winged keel” challenge from Time Magazine in South America and photographed the famous Aussie victory in Newport Rhode Island in 1983.A year in the USA followed before his return to Sydney, where he worked for magazines before becoming an in-demand photographer in the corporate world.
For two decades he created striking images for some of Australia’s biggest companies, blue chip industrialists from mining to manufacturing.The new millennium opened up fresh photographic directions, made possible by the digital revolution. While still shooting for corporate clients, Neil began pushing the boundaries of artistic creativity. Inspired by visiting the world’s great galleries and collections, he pioneered a new field of photography and began producing original works of photo art acclaimed by collectors and students of the digital genre alike.These artworks are dazzling in their brilliance and instantly recognisable by their kaleidoscopic style. Every digital image is a signature Duncan, captured with a special photographic technique that creates every picture “in camera”, using Photoshop only for resizing.
Neil remains one of Australia’s consummate professional photographers. His pictures have appeared in several books, are held in government collections in Canberra, and grace the walls of photography aficionados around Australia.
Josef Lebovic Gallery in Kensington holds and represents his historical black and white work, while Neil Duncan’s modern works have been exhibited at The Blender Gallery and The Watchouse Gallerys in Sydney. Neil's work is now available exclusively in Melbourne from ELEVEN 40 Gallery.