Brian Cassey


Long based in Australia's northern tropical city of Cairns, Brian was born in London and shot with his first camera, a VP Twin 127 Bakelite camera from Woolworth's, at the age of 11.

He spent his formative and "interesting" teenage years playing and photographing football. His pictures appeared regularly in London's metro and suburban press before Brian moved to Australia.

Since making Cairns home a few decades ago Brian has been freelancing for national and international media.

Brian covered - just a few amongst many news events - tsunamis in Asia (Banda Aceh Indonesia, Phuket and Khoa Lak Thailand, Myanmar 2004-5) and the Pacific (Sissano Papua New Guinea 1998), the evacuation of refugees from East Timor (1999), George Speights coup in Fiji and the World Economic Forum riots in Melbourne (2000), the victims of the 2002 Bali terrorist bombs, the devastation wrought in Australia by category 5 cyclone's Larry (2006) and Yasi (2011) and Australia's internment'of asylum seekers on Manus Island PNG in 2013, 2016 and 2017.

A Nikon Walkley Award winner in 2005, 2011 and 2016, a finalist in the 2013 "Nikon Walkley Australian Press Photographer of the Year Award" , he also won the "Kodak/adidas Australian Sports Photo of the Year" in 1985 and has achieved recognition in the US National Press Photographers Awards "NPPA Best of Photojournalism" (Best Portrait 2012), the Head On Portrait Prize (a winner 2013), the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (runner up 2011), the Rothmans Press Photo Awards, the Hurley Press Photo Awards, The Bowness Photography Prize, the Gordon Parkes photo awards and the US Kellicut International (winner and third place 2012) and many more.

His work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally

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