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Dean West

Dean West photo


Born in small-town rural Australia in 1983, Dean’s love for photography began in his high school’s darkroom- one of the largest darkrooms in the country at the time- and blossomed at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.


After graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Photography with majors in visual culture and advertising, Dean formed a partnership, Berg+West, which won nationwide acclaim as a high-end photography and post-production studio. Through clients like the QLD Government and SONY, Dean quickly learned to transform stick figure sketches into intricate composited photographs with immense detail and clarity.


In 2008, Dean was included in Saatchi & Saatchi’s collection of the world’s top 100 emerging photographers and went on to win Advertising Photographer of the Year at the International Aperture Awards. With success in advertising and a growing list of collectors- Dean decided to dedicate more of his time to the world of art. In the following years, his series ‘Fabricate’ received worldwide recognition from top photography competitions, including: the International Colour Awards, the Lucie Awards, the Loupe Awards, and in 2009, Dean was the winner of the IV International Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy. This final award being the most prestigious for emerging artists with over 5,000 applicants gunning for the top prize in photography, sculpture and painting. Zoom Magazine quickly nominated Dean in the ‘New Talent’ issue of 2010 and the Magenta Foundation awarded Dean an emerging Photographer of Canada.


Dean’s body of work is now being collected by a growing number of sophisticated art collectors in Australia, USA, Italy, and Canada.






JWT Amsterdam, The Martin Agency, BCM Partnership, Gallery Depasquale, Sony Australia, The Gallery Group, QLD Government, Jam3, Hilton Australia, Publicis Toronto, Brandhaus, Bloe Agency, Generator, Smart Agency, Media Merchants, UNICEF Canada, Haft 2, Corduroy magazine, City Life TV, Dolce Mag, YYZ Magazine






Adobe Inspire Magazine, Zoom Magazine, Out of the Box Magazine, After Capture, Blink Magazine, Photoshop Masters, Communication Arts, Flash Forward 2011, Fotomagazine






Winner of the IV International Arte Laguna Prize


Fotografica, 'Fabricate' Venice, Italy 2010


Illustrative Photographer of the Year


International Loupe Awards, Australia 2011


Pollux Award | Worldwide Photography Gala 2011


Directors Special Mention, Fabricate


Official Selection Prix De L Photographie Paris


Paris, France 2011


Advertising & Fashion Photographer of the Year


International Aperture Awards, Australia 2010


Applied Arts Magazine Winner, Canada 2012


‘In Pieces’


Emerging Photographer of Canada


Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation, Canada 2011


Applied Arts Magazine Winner, Canada 2011




Applied Arts Magazine Winner, Canada 2011


‘Around the Bend’


International Photography Awards 2011


Lucie Foundation 2nd Place, Fine Art Pro, USA


AIPP Australian Professional Photographer Awards 2011


Creative Photographer of the Year Runner Up


Visual Artist of the Year 2010


Africa Photographic Awards, Johannesburg, South Africa


Winner in the 4th Annual Masters Cup


International Colour Awards, London, United Kingdom


Applied Arts Winner, Canada 2010




Applied Arts Winner, Canada 2010


‘Every Dink Counts’ QLD Government


International Photography Awards Honourable Mention


Lucie Foundation, USA, 2009


Australia’s Top Photographer Nominee


Creative Magazine


Advertising Photographer of the Year


International Aperture Awards, USA 2008


Top 100 Emerging Photographers


Saatchi & Saatchi, Cannes, France 2008






“In Pieces”, Avant Gallery, New York, NY USA ‘2013’


“In Pieces”, The Clinton Museum, Little Rock, AR USA ‘2012-2013’


“In Pieces”, The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus OH USA ‘2012-2013’


'worldwide biennial WGPA' palais de glace, buenos aires, argentina '2012'


'photo reload ' digital natives, romberg gallery, italy '2012'


'process' jam3 gallery, canada '2012'


'snap' ACT national ballet school, canada '2011'


'fabricate' fornace di asolo, treviso, italy '2010'


‘fabricate’ one800 gallery, toronto, canada '2010'


‘northern lights’ atelier 688, toronto, canada '2010'


'fabricate' arte laguna, tese di san cristoforo, venice, italy '2010'


‘fwa awards’ potd, hertfordshire, england '2009'


‘the new twenties’ idn, los angeles, usa '2009'


‘diafragma’ revistas judas, quita, equador '2009'


‘showcase’ palais des festivals, cannes, france '2008'


australian photographer awards, appa, aus '2007'


‘saving daylight’ dell gallery, brisbane, aus '2006'

Art Gallery AFK

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