Since 1980 John has been self-employed as a writer, photographer and documentary maker mostly concerned with Australian culture, the bush and music. He has an engaging presence on social media and does a weekly spot on commercial radio.
He co-ordinated the production of the Slim Dusty Living Legend Stamp Series for Australia Post in 2001.
His work is published regularly in magazines and newspapers and he has authored fourteen books including the best selling On The Road With Slim and Where Country Is. His exhibition 1000 Mile Stare featured at the National Portrait Gallery and he continues to show his work in galleries around Australia. The Australian Professional Rodeo Association named Elliott Media Person of the Year in 1992.
Elliott collaborated with Joy McKean on a major coffee table book I’ve Been There and Back Again in late 2011. In 2013 he participated with Martin Parr in the exhibition and book Pilbara Stories. His book Progress and Prosper on Mount Isa is set for release late 2013.
John Elliott is the proud recipient of a Churchill Fellowship.
“I am as passionate about photography today as I was when I started clicking away in the 1960s. Taking pictures is a bit like breathing; it’s something I do every day.
“Photography is another tool in the storytelling process and the longer I keep learning about photography the better I get at it. My work depends a lot on my ability to get close to my subjects so in the workshops we will spend time on developing that close working relationship with the subject.
“Getting great photos doesn’t have a lot to do with the camera you use. It is what you do with what you have that is important.
“My workshops are about empowering participants to take the pictures they dream of taking.”