Lorrie Graham is one of Australia’s
most eminent photojournalists.
Lorrie began her photographic career as a cadet at the Sydney
Morning Herald before moving to London in 1978 to work at the
Observer, where there was a total commitment to, and respect
of, the power of imagery. The editorial policy was that their
photographers would have their own voices. Often our photographs
and photo-essays stood alone, no copy needed, the photograph
comfortably telling its own tale.
That is photojournalism: storytelling, a tradition that has
developed over human history. Time and new technology means we
now have a myriad of ways to communicate these stories. Storytelling
may have started with simple line drawings on cave walls, and
moved on to myths passed down from generation to generation,
then to the printing press, to cinema, to photography and now
In 1981, Lorrie returned to Australia as the staff photographer
at the National Times and in 1987 was picture editor and chief
photographer at the Times on Sunday, then worked on The
Bulletin as staff photographer in 1988 and 1989, before embarking on a
successful freelance career.
Lorrie’s work has ranged from photographic commissions,
solo and group exhibitions, books and stills shoots for films.
She has been published in many of the world’s leading newspapers
and magazines including the Observer, The
Times, the Washington
Post, the New York Times, Stern, Paris
Match, Time, Newsweek,
Rolling Stone, HQ
Magazine, the Age,
the Bulletin, the
Sydney Morning Herald, the
National Times, Times
on Sunday, the Independent, the Independent
Monthly, Australian Geographic, and The
Lorrie has worked on many assignments for AusAID throughout
the Asia-Pacific region over the past four years, and has a strong
commitment to continue her work on projects involving international
development and the delivery of aid.
Lorrie works with a wide range of personal, corporate, government,
aid agency, and publisher clients as both a photographer, and
as a consultant in the development and updating of increasingly
valuable photo library material in multiple formats needed to
enhance communication of their message to staff, clients, shareholders,
stakeholders, and the public.
Lorrie has a strong understanding as a photojournalist and storyteller
how the internet, extended intranets, and social networks have
fundamentally changed the way personal, corporate, government
and agency messages can be delivered effectively, both locally
The internet generation is increasingly informed by and relies
on imagery and short grabs of information presented in easily
accessible and engaging formats. The internet audience is reacting
in a very personal way to the imagery of other people’s stories
with simple human curiosity and a personal desire to know where
they themselves come from, who they are, what they are doing
with their life, where they fit in to the big picture expressed
on the internet, and what the future may hold for them in that
Communication via internet and intranets will continue to grow
exponentially, and will require ever increasing high quality
The proud tradition and craft of photojournalism as visual storytelling
is very much alive.
Lorrie is committed to continuing her work as a photojournalist
and storyteller through the carefully planned capture, preparation
and archiving of photographic material needed by clients for
use in traditional print media and in easily accessible, engaging
and sophisticated multi-media story telling formats required
for intranet and internet audiences.
Lorrie’s photographs are held in collections of the National
Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum
of Sydney and the State Library of NSW.