About the Artist

 

Wendy McDougall                                          wendypollymak@gmail.com


Born August 1961


Wendy McDougall is an award-winning Sydney based freelance photographer and artist.


With over 40 years of experience, Wendy started her photographic career in the music business in 1979. She sold her first photo to The Angels and went on making iconic pictures of iconic musicians such as INXS, Crowded House, Paul Kelly, Cold Chisel, Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Divinyls, Ross Wilson and many others. From this platform Wendy branched into other creative arenas such as theatre, film & television and documentary photography.


In 2018 Wendy won the inaugural ‘Best Photographer’ AWMA [Women in Music Awards]. A retrospective exhibition of her work was then shown in Sydney and Melbourne. From the success of the show Wendy released a book under the same title -  ‘it’s only rock’n’roll but I like it..’


Since 1984 Wendy has exhibited her work in 19 solo and over 55 group exhibitions.


Photographs by Wendy are held in collections of National Library of Australia, NSW State Library, Museum of Sydney and the Powerhouse Museum


Current Personal Series -

‘Unravelling’ - a work in progress about memory. If we dig deep enough and create memory in image form what will they reveal?

‘Escapes’ - ongoing series of places we use to escape



Full list of exhibitions here:

Exhibitions list 2021.pdf




Artworks seen on my site are available for purchase from:






Exhibitions & Awards [including but not limited to]

19 solo and 56 group exhibitions since 1984 including:


2021 ~ FINALIST - ‘Number One/Gudinski’ - Ballarat Biennale Foto Festival

2021 ~ FINALIST - ‘Olive Cotton Portrait Award’ - Tweed Regional Gallery

2019 ~ SEMI FINALIST - ‘Moran Prize’ Sydney

2018 ~ WINNER - AWMA [Australian Women in Music Awards] Best Music Photographer

2013 & 2006 ~ FINALIST x 2 - ‘HEAD ON Portrait Prize’ - Shortlisted x 5 other times   

2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 ~ FINALIST x 4 - ‘Art & About’

2008 ~ FINALIST - ‘National Portrait Prize’ – National Portrait Gallery in Canberra

2004 ~ FINALIST / WINNER - `Josephine Ulrick Photography Prize’ - WON Highly Commended prize

1988 ~ FINALIST - ‘Brussels Awards’ - Brussels, Europe


2020 ~ ‘Pub Rock’ - National Portrait Gallery, ACT

2019 & 2021 ~ it’s only rock’n’roll but I like it…’ – solo show Sydney, Melbourne, Wollongong

2013 & 2014 ~ ‘Paul Kelly Portraits’ - National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Exhibition

2011 ~ ‘Alice - through my Looking Glass’ - Part of Head On Festival

2009 ~ An Unread World’ - solo show - Head On Festival

2005 ~ ‘Architectural Dreaming’ - solo show - Australian Technology Park

2001 ~ ‘So You Wanna Be A Rock Star’ - National Portrait Gallery, ACT

2001 ~ ‘Portrait of a Park’ - Museum of Sydney

1996 ~ ‘WOW’ - group show & co-curator, Stills Gallery

1996 ~ ‘S’urreal Thing’ – group show with Lewis Morley, Brendan Read & Bill Mosely

1995 ~ ‘…and then there was man’ - solo show, Toast Gallery

1994 ~ ‘Real Wild Child’ - Powerhouse Museum

1993 - ‘Love & Instincts… the Girls’ - solo show, POD Theatre Gallery

1991 ~ ‘Still Noise’ - group show Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Paris


Books [including but not limited to]

~ ‘it’s only rock’n’roll but I like it...’ - music photography of Wendy McDougall, released 2020

~ ‘Taytas Lebanese & Mediterranean Kitchen’ – cookbook released Dec 2018

~ ‘Collecting For The Nation’ Australiana Fund Showing the Collections and furniture in Kirribilli House & Admiralty House in Sydney, The Lodge and Government House in Canberra.

~ ‘This Will Explain Everything’ Jeff Duff. Life story

~ ‘Something Buzzing’ & ‘Can I Come In?’ – 2 ebooks published by Rhinoceros Publishers.

~ ‘Classical Destinations – an armchair guide to classical music’ published to coincide with the SBS TV series of the same name. This coffee table book shot in Europe, Scandinavia and Russia following the lives of classical composers.

~ ‘Taytas Lebanese Kitchen’ – cookbook published by Writelight Publishers.

~ Indij Readers create contemporary Indigenous literacy material for students learning to read and write. Wendy is a collaborative author of five books from series 2 and series 3.

~ ‘Still Noise’ – Australian Rock’ n’ Roll photography. Wendy is one of 5 photographers in this title.


Films, Television and Documentaries – stills [including but not limited to]

2017 – ‘Wayne’ – Feature documentary directed by Jeremy Sims

2016 – ‘Bonds’ – Commercial directed by Jeremy Sims

2014 -Last Cab To Darwin’ – Feature film directed by Jeremy Sims

2013 - ‘Z Special’ - SBS documentary

2012 – ‘Aim High’ - Feature documentary written & directed by Anna Broinowski

2011 - ‘Crownies’ – ABC TV – Television drama series

2010 - ‘COPS LAC’ - Channel 9 – Television drama series

2010 - ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Feature film written & directed by Julia Leigh

2009 - ‘Beneath Hill 60’ - Feature film - written by David Roach, Directed by Jeremy Sims

2009 - ‘Polly & Me’ - Short film - Written & Directed by Ian Darling, Shark Productions

2005 - ‘Classical Destinations’ an armchair guide to classical music

               Client – Bredon Wells - Europe & Russia - Book produced of the same name.

2002 - ‘Hymns of the Forefathers’ – history of hymns - shot in England

               Client – Bredon Wells Pty Ltd / TV series - Book produced of the same name.

1998 - ‘Sore’ - Short film - Written & directed by Jeremy Sims


THEATRE [including but not limited to:]

Clients include:

Pork Chop Productions, Bell Shakespeare, STC, Griffin Theatre, Tamarama Rock Surfers, Australian Opera Company, ACTT, ATYP


VIDEO - most iinks found via You Tube

2020 - ‘Rest In Peace’ music video by Men From Earth. Director and camera operator

2020 - ‘Fallen Angel’ - music video by Melissa Black. Camera operator

2019 - ‘Eden’ - music video by Melissa Black. Camera operator

2019 - ‘I Want My Money back’ - music video by Sherene & Jono Abo. Dir & Camera

2018 - ‘Red Blood Moon’ - music video by Melissa Black. Camera operator

2018 - ‘FOK ROK teaser for Blue Mountains Uke Festival 2018’ - Director, camera and editor

2018 - ‘FOK ROK Blue Mountains Uke Festival 2018 teaser 2 - Director, camera and editor

2017 - ‘L’ETape at Dalgety’ - short doco on the Le’Tape event NSW- Director, Camera Operator & edited

2017 – ‘Not Another War Story’ [working title] – Documentary by Chris Wilcox [Director & Writer] Camera operator

2017 – ‘Jenquine’ – advertising interview series. Director and camera operator

2016 – ‘Jenquine’ – advertising interviews & stills. Director and cameras

2016 – ‘No One Knows’ – FOK ROK - Music Video. Director and camera operator & editor

2016 – ‘Abracadabra’ – FOK ROK - Music Video. Director and camera operator & editor

2016 – PSA Conference – Camera operator

2016 – ‘Shake & Stomp’ - Circle Music – advertising video for children’s music program. Camera operator & editor

2015 - ‘Gaps Between The Stars’ – Last Cab To Darwin, the ‘making of’ video. CO-Director and camera operator

2015 - ‘Slowly Slow’ - Music video by Felicity Fox - Co Director and camera operator

2015 – Riversong – ‘Men From Earth’ - Music Video shoots x 3. Director & camera operator

2014 – ‘Because’ – art video – Director and images

2012 – ‘Bears With Guns’ – Music Video. Director

2011 – ‘Evolution’ – Vote For Mary - Music Video. Director


SKILLS

Photography – portrait, documentary, stills, art

Photoshop - retouching

Workshops & One on One Photography Sessions




                                                                                                                                  wendypollymak@gmail.com



PRESS on Wendy McDougall:


https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/wendy-mcdougall-a-lifetime-behind-the-lens-20190402-h1d2si.html


https://sunstudiosaustralia.com/sunroom/a-career-without-compromise-wendy-mcdougall


https://www.canon.com.au/explore/wendy-mcdougall-exhibition?utm_source=redirect&utm_medium=offline&utm_campaign=wendy_mcdougall


https://theindustryobserver.thebrag.com/wendy-mcdougall-interview/


http://www.culturemad.com/2019/04/24/an-interview-with-music-photographer-wendy-mcdougall/


https://www.qt.com.au/news/tears-tributes-at-inaugural-australian-women-in-mu/3546522/