Ken Duncan is well known as the pioneer of Limited Edition Photographic Art in Australia. After a visit to New York in the early 1980’s, Ken returned home with a dream to see photography widely accepted as an art form in this country. The increasing number of Australian photographers now emulating his panoramic style and finding a market for their work is testimony to Ken’s success.
Ever the trend setter and still the market leader, Ken is deeply committed to researching and developing the latest and best technology to bring photographic art into homes and offices right around the world. With every new release, he delights long-time collectors and new fans alike with his own inimitable style of landscape photography. Each new exhibition is more vivid and stunning than the last.
Ken is truly passionate about his craft. Always striving for excellence, he travels extensively throughout the world in search of the stunning panoramic landscapes – or Panographs – for which he is best known.
Recognised internationally as a gifted and prolific landscape photographer, Ken still chooses to describe himself as “… an average photographer, with a great God – merely an interpreter of God’s creation”. The art, he says, is in seeing, capturing and presenting these images to others. And this Ken does with his own unique style and his exceptional ability to capture the very spirit of a place at a given moment in time.
Ken has worked on several international book projects in such exotic locations as Malaysia, China, Abu Dhabi and Hollywood. For years was the preferred photographer for Australian rock band Midnight Oil. His first solo book was published in 1987, and he later went on to become a publisher in his own right. Since 1992, over 70 individual titles have been released under the Ken Duncan Panographs trademark.
Although Ken prefers the panoramic format because “that’s the way we see”, he is well versed in a multitude of formats and media. He has even dabbled in cinematography and would like to do more with this medium in the future. He can turn his hand to any type of photography – from portraits to landscapes to 3-D and everything in between – and produce consistently creative results.
Ken Duncan Limited Edition Art Prints grace the walls of many fine homes and businesses right around the world. The extent to which others share Ken’s unique vision is demonstrated by the popularity of his books, the record prices fetched by his Limited Edition Prints and the number of his national and international awards.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Being socially responsible just comes naturally. As someone who captures the beauty of nature for a living, Ken knows how important it is for his business to be both environmentally and socially aware.
Ken’s Photography of World Heritage Areas such as Uluru, Kata Tjuta and the Great Barrier Reef has helped raise awareness of Australia’s amazing natural resources and the need to protect them.
Ken uses only plantation pine timber for his frames, and environmentally friendly packaging. All his prints are framed using the finest archival materials to to maximise archival permanence, which minimises the wastage of resources.
For many years Ken has generously donated his time to numerous charities, including World Vision and The Spastic Centre. He also founded the Walk-a-While project, working with indigenous communities in Central Australia to equip them with the tools and skills to tell their stories into the future. The Ken Duncan Group also sponsors numerous children through Compassion.
After a visit to the Antarctic in 2008, Ken teamed with the Mawson’s Huts Foundation and returns a portion of proceeds from the sale of each Mawson’s Huts print to the Foundation for its ongoing restoration and maintenance work on the historic huts.
Ken’s Walk-a-While project is about reconciliation in action through the arts. For many years, Ken has been working with Indigenous children in remote communities, empowering them with the tools and skills to tell their stories into the future. To find out more, or donate to the Walk a While project, you can visit www.walkawhile.org.au.
Some of the many awards that have been bestowed upon Ken and his photography are:
- International Diamond Awards for his photos of Australian rock band, Midnight Oil.
- International Music Photographer of the Year.
- ARIA Award for Midnight Oil album cover.
- Multiple gold and silver medals from Australia and America for the quality of his books and other printed product, including twice winner of the coveted “Benny” Award in the USA.
- Numerous awards from AIPP, ACMP and other photographic institutions.
- ACLS Design Awards in 1995 and 1996.
- Three awards at The Galley Club of Sydney in 2002, including their highest honour – the “Award for Excellence”.
- Best newcomer and second best overall 3-D image in the international Southern Cross Stereo Competition in 2003.
- Multiple awards from The Galley Club of Sydney, including their “Award for Excellence”.
- In 2009, Ken was honoured to receive a Medal Of The Order Of Australia (OAM) for his services to landscape photography, publishing and the arts.
- Citizen of the Year, Gosford City 2009, for his long-standing contribution to his home region of the NSW Central Coast.
- Ken was honoured by the Photo Imaging Council of Australia (PICA) with its highest award, The Gold Tripod. This coveted award is only presented on those occasions where the Council wishes to recognise a pinnacle of achievement and a particularly long and outstanding contribution to the photo industry.
Ken Duncan’s basic philosophy is best summed up by these words of truth from the Bible. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20).
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