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Running-up 2007

Dave Tacon

Boat People Blues


Undocumented migrants wait to be transferred by bus from Puerto de Los Cristianos, Tenerife, Canary Islands, to a police station, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007. Migrants who are not repatriated within 72 hours are taken to a reception center in the north of the island.


Dave is a Shanghai-based photographer, director, producer, and writer. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Arts with Honours) and wrote his Honours thesis on German filmmaker Wim Wenders. Dave interned at Road Movies, Wim Wenders’ Berlin film production company, upon graduation.

Dave is a two-time winner of a Walkley Award (the Australian media’s highest honor), a winner of a Foreign Press Association Award (UK), a Quill Award from the Melbourne Press Club, an EPSON International Pano Award, a co-winner of a Bronze Pencil at the One Show advertising awards in NYC and is a two-time finalist in Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize. He specializes in reportage, features, and portraiture and is available for editorial, commercial, and advertising work in both stills and moving images.

Dave’s commercial photography clients include HSBC, Marriott Luxury Brands (Ritz-Carlton, St, Regis, W Hotels, The EDITION), Siemens, Toyota, Shell, G+F, Aman Resorts, Revolve, Ferrari, Diageo (Grey Goose, Haig Club, Ardbeg), Perrier-Joet Champagne, Absolut, State Government of Victoria, University of Melbourne, Duke Kushan University, Hotel Windsor and some really big tech companies that make all their suppliers sign an NDA so they can’t even say they worked for them let alone put that work on their website.

Dave’s work has appeared in such publications as Vogue, Rolling Stone, Conde Nast Traveler, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Travel + Leisure, Women’s Wear Daily, ELLE, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Geographical (UK), GEO, Stern, Der Spiegel, Die Welt, Die Zeit, Focus, Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Corriere Della Sera, Monument, The Fader, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Mercedes Magazine, Lexus Magazine, Walkley Magazine, The Diplomat, The Big Issue, and other titles. Dave has also worked with NGOs such as WITNESS, Australian Red Cross, Oxfam, CARE Australia, Medicos del Mundo.

Dave’s portrait and photo-documentary work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, The National Library of Australia, State Library of Victoria, and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.