One of Australia’s finest portrait photographer, Peter Brew-Bevan trained as an artist specialising in painting and drawing, before focusing his much-lauded talent through the camera lens to capture some of the world’s most famous people.
Born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1969, he has worked with various photographic forms over the years, but it is his portraiture and fashion portraiture that captures the very essence of his subjects through the creative use of lighting and location.
Brew-Bevan’s ability to engage and communicate with his subjects has seen him carve out an enduring career to become arguably Australia’s premier celebrity photographer, capturing actors, musicians, artists, politicians, and sporting icons.
His stunning images grace magazine and album covers alike and are collected and exhibited by galleries and private collectors, including Australia’s prestigious National Portrait Gallery (NPG), which has twelve of his portraits, and hosted his first solo exhibition in 2005.
In 2016, Brew-Bevan’s NPG commissioned portrait of The Australian Ballet’s David McAllister The Dance, was exhibited to much media fanfare.
His first photographic book, Shoot: Studio Sessions (2007), won six high profile industry awards for its overall innovative concept and design, and to date is the most expensively published coffee table book that is truly a work of art.
Such is Brew-Bevan’s international reputation, he travels the world working on commissions for clients, ranging from magazine and record companies, to film and television studios, and is the go-to artist for many local and international celebrities.
In recent years, his exceptional talent has seen him venture into the world of music, not just as a photographer, but collaborating with various music artists as a creative director, conceptualising and directing the branding and overall look for albums, as well as delving into the directorial world of music videos.
At the commencement of 2019, Brew-Bevan founded the 2020 MEN-tality Project which he has partnered with Beyond Blue. This initiative focuses on destigmatizing men’s mental health and the notion that it is ‘un-manly’ to open up and show vulnerability by photography known Australian male celebrities/personalities who open up about their own personal issues.