Born 1967, Sydney, Australia
Over the past six years, Stephen Dupont has traveled to Papua New Guinea, photographically documenting its changing face and the powerful impact of globalisation on the fabric of Melanesian society. From the effects of violence and lawlessness in Port Moresby to the westernization of traditional society in the Highlands, Raskols and Sing-Sing is an in-depth study of cultural erosion as well as a celebration of an ancient people.
In 2010 Dupont was awarded a Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time and Rolling Stone among other publications. Photography prizes include a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation from the Overseas Press Club of America; a Bayeux War Correspondent's Prize; and first places in the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, the Australian Walkleys and Leica/CCP Documentary Award. In 2007, he was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanitarian Photography for his ongoing project in Afghanistan. Dupont has held major exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, Sydney, Canberra, Tokyo and Shanghai. He has participated at Perpignan's Visa Pour L'Image, China's Ping Yao and Holland's Noorderlicht festivals. Dupont's photographs reside in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Australian War Memorial, the New York Public Library, Berlin and Munich National Libraries, Stanford University, Yale University, Boston Athenaeum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.