Nicole Reed is a Melbourne-based, award winning photographer for whom photography is more than just a career – it’s a way of life. Her portfolio spans editorial, documentary, architectural and portrait photography, with a fine art aesthetic evident in all her work.
Nicole has exhibited in solo shows across Australia and internationally. A stand-out was her contribution to the Outpost Project on Cockatoo Island, Sydney, which included 40 portraits printed at over 2 metres high. Since then, Nicole has created commissioned works for White Night Melbourne, where her photography was projected onto the walls of the NGV, held a solo exhibition at The Patterson Gallery as part of the Independent Photography Festival, and had work acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria.
Portraits of high-profile names and faces jump out of Nicole’s portfolio and she has established a reputation for not only capturing her sitter’s personal style and image, but also for offering a deeper portrayal of humanity within each of her subjects.
Nicole has a niche talent for capturing urban environments. Her documentation of urban sprawl, decay and abandon demonstrates her talent for social commentary and her innate ability to observe beauty in places overlooked by the untrained eye. Capturing urban environments across the globe, including Indonesia, Japan, USA, China, Europe, North Korea and her backyard of Australia, Nicole’s images stir up contrasting emotions – a sense of mourning and, at the same time, celebration of what these places once were.