Christopher Polack is an artist whose principal visual mediums of photography and film propose an edgy collage of courage, verve and curiosity of the human condition.
His work presents a mix of provocation and vulnerability suggesting a new form of beauty – that simultaneously manages to agitate and draw out something restive, natural and intrinsically human.
Working primarily from London and Paris and often returning to Australia, these transglobal influences converge in his relentless pursuit of storytelling across cultures, genres, gender and shape his passion for exploring human nature and presenting it in a distinct, powerful and uncompromisingly singular vision.
There is always a touch of a poet, a surrealist with a hefty dose of punk rock in Christopher’s stories, a mix that makes his work vibe with eclecticism, eroticism and the mood that lingers for a very long time, at times unsettling but always memorable.
Christopher has worked steadily in his native medium of photograph and film making and lately receiving high praise and accolades at Paris Photo Prize in 2021 and 2020, and his editorial and commercial work with Vogue Italia, Hunger, 10 Magazine, Jane Magazine, Schon Magazine, Nike, Vans, David Koma, Istituto Marangoni amongst others showcase his innovative discourse between fashion, mythology and the inevitability of drama and chaos of human life.
Here is a well composed and relevant photo of the human body. This photograph also illustrates the beauty of the body as well as human nature.”Roger Ballen / Artist, Photographer
Loved how well resolved and executed this was. Loved the linear journey from art to the tar-like textures, to the casting.”Sophia Neophitou / Editor, 10 Magazine
2021 – Paris Photo Prize PX3 (honourable mention)
2020 – Paris Photo Prize PX3 (Silver)
2019 – Martin Kantor Portrait Prize (finalist)
2018 – Life Framer Awards judged by Roger Ballen (top finalist)
2018 – Percival Photographic Portrait Prize (finalist)
2012 – Monster Children Annual (finalist)
2012 / 2011 – Capture Magazine – ‘Fashion photographer of the year’
2011 – RayBan Photo Awards (finalist)
2010 – Moran Prize (semi-finalist)
2010 – Kodak Salon (finalist)
VOGUE ITALIA, HUNGER, 10 MAG, SCHöN, SHOWSTUDIOS,
i-D, iNFRINGE, JANE, NASTY, ToBE, YEN, NUMODE, AND MEN, MALE MODEL SCENE, GLASSBOOK, SYN, QUINTESSENTIALLY ASIA
DAVID KOMA, ISTITUTO MARANGONI, NIKE, REDBULL, TOYOTA, MTV, GUINESS, VANS, GRANA, BARDOT, COTTON ON, GUINESS, RENAULT, MTV, SONY