I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land where I live and work in Sydney's inner west, the Gadidal and Wangal people of the Eora nation, and I pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.



I use analogue photographic techniques to slow down the creative and viewing processes; this imbues the work with an aura of time, different to ‘snapping a pic’ digitally. This slowing down is part of an ontological approach, using photography to examine the human experience in relation to simple yet profound universal phenomena: the observation of being in space and time. 

Rather than being a ‘pencil of nature’, or an apparatus for the representation of the ‘real’, photography is considered in terms of the complex effects it has on perception and visuality.

Luke Parker received a BA (Communications) from the University of Technology in 1996, majoring in film and sound. Since then, his work as an artist has been included in exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, Geelong Gallery, Gertrude Contemporary, the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Monash Gallery of Art, Carriageworks, Artspace, the National Art School Gallery, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Murray Art Museum Albury, and Penrith Regional Gallery. He has made works for many artist-run galleries, including for 55 Sydenham Road Marrickville, a project space where he was also a member of the artist board from 2015–18.

In 2003, he received a Skills and Arts Development grant from the Australia Council to undertake a residency at ACME in London. In 2018, he completed a residency at the Cité internationale des arts, Paris, awarded by the Power Institute, The University of Sydney, supported by a Professional Development Grant from the Australia Council. In 2023, he undertook a residnecy at Desa, Ubud, Bali.
1975 Born Tamworth, Australia
1996 BA (Communications), University of Technology, Sydney
2023 Atelier/Atelier, Sydenham International, Sydney
2022 Things fall apart, Sydenham International, Sydney
2019 DUST, Knulp, Sydney
2018 Atelier/Atelier, AJAR, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
2017 Moons/mirrors, 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville 2204, Sydney
2016 Sydney Crystal Show, Luke Parker and Mary Teague, 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville 2204, Sydney
2015 Hey, mystery, 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville 2204, Sydney
2014 Screen memory, 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville 2204, Sydney
2013 Some traps, Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (I.C.A.N.), Sydney
2011 Exquisite Corpse, Death Be Kind, Melbourne
2009 Some more rectified readymade readymades, Mori Gallery, Sydney
2008 Superimpositions, Luke Parker and Narelle Jubelin, Mori Gallery, Sydney
2007 Negative Capability, Mori Gallery, Sydney
2005 Double Hanging, Mori Gallery, Sydney
2004 UNTYPOTRANSLATION, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and Mori Gallery, Sydney
Untitled (the White Album), Mori Gallery, Sydney
2003 the true artist…, Kitchen, Front Room, Sydney
2002 harmacy, Front Room, Sydney
2001 drawings/recordings, Blaugrau, Sydney
Sampler (second version), 1st Floor artists and writers space, Melbourne
2000 Sampler, ELASTIC, Sydney
2023 Cracked, SCALA, Sydney
Farr St, Minerva, Sydney

2022 Finalist, National Photography Prize 2022, Murray Art Museum Albury
2021 Garden Variety, Photo 2021, Melbourne Observatory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
1/2 to dust, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
2020 20:20, Murray Art Museum Albury
2020 Re/production: Australian art from the 1980s and 1990s, 16 Albermarle Project Space, Sydney
2019 The Moon, Geelong Gallery, Geelong
2017 An elegy to apertures, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
The Unflinching Gaze: photo media and the male figure, Bathurst Regional Gallery
Casula Secrets, Casula Powerhouse
2016 New matter: recent forms of photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Konica Minolta Redlands Art Prize, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
2015 Cutting Edge: 21st century photography, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Scoring Patti Smith, Affiliated Text, Kings Cross, Sydney
Bad Spelling, Affiliated Text, Kings Cross, Sydney
Writing Art, Ideas Platform, Artspace, Sydney
Luke Parker, Carla Cescon, Anna John, Paul Greedy, Elise Harmsen, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Nick Strike, Sach Catts, Iakovos Amperidis, 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville 2204, Sydney
2014 TEXIT, Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (I.C.A.N.), Sydney
2012 SEXES, Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney
2011 The Rest is Silence, Death Be Kind, Melbourne
2010 In Memorium, Death Be Kind, Melbourne
Pulie/Balbi Collection, MOP, Sydney
2008 LOOK! New perspectives from the contemporary collection, National Gallery of Victoria
2006 Yours, Mine and Ours, 50 Years of ABC TV, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith
2005 C'town Bling, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
Elastic: An Archive Project, Cross Art Projects, Sydney
2004 Art & About, banner project, City of Sydney
2003 Fraught Tales: Four Contemporary Narratives, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2002 The Future in Every Direction, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
IQ, New Q, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne
2001 New Releases: recent video art, 4A, Sydney
2023 Desa Artist in Residence Program, residency, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
2018 Development Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
2018 Cite internationale des arts Paris residency, Power Institute, The University of Sydney
2003 Development Grant, London studio residency, Australia Council for the Arts
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne