Thames and Hudson

Tamara Dean

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Tamara Dean
319mm x 248 mm
Tamara Dean is a critically acclaimed photo media artist working in photography, installation and moving image. Her practice explores the human connection to nature and rites of passage in contemporary life. In each of Dean's photographs, her subjects quietly and intimately engage with their natural surroundings. The artist's unique understanding of light and landscape reveal sensual pieces that invite contemplation.

Her work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT; Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT; Art Gallery of South Australia; Mordant Family Collection Australia; Artbank Australia; Balnaves Collection Australia; and Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York.


Dean's symbolically charged compositions of contemplative stillness and explosive action see humans intimately immersed in their surroundings: submerged in water, enmeshed in undergrowth, leaping from rockfaces.

Exploratory and ethereal, laden with risk and chance and adventure, her images reveal the complex interrelationships inherent in contemporary rites of passage and our connection to nature.

Her first published monograph, this book is both a retrospective of Dean's work to date and a perfect introduction for those unfamiliar with her practice. Organised chronologically by series, each introduced with a brief text by the artist, it will give readers an insight into the evolution of her work and the themes and motifs that have featured throughout her oeuvre.