Simon Harsent

Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg is a photographic series by internationally acclaimed photographer Simon Harsent, consisting of 42 large format prints taken over two trips to Newfoundland and Greenland during 2008.

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About Simon Harsent

Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg is a photographic series by internationally acclaimed photographer Simon Harsent, consisting of 42 large format prints taken over two trips to Newfoundland and Greenland during 2008.

Artist Statement:
This exhibition begins with images of the massive icebergs as they enter Greenland’s Disco Bay from the Ilulissat Icefjord. It ends with the icebergs off the East Coast of Newfoundland, by which time they have traveled hundreds of miles, and have been so battered and broken down that they are little more than ghosts of what they once were. Seeing them first overpowering in grandeur and then, later, about to be absorbed back into the flux from which they came, is both beautiful and humbling: a metamorphosis that endows them with a life-span, each with its own personality, each with it’s own story. This project began as a personal journey. It is impossible, however, to look at these images and not think of the environmental issues we face right now. Just as our personal choices define us, so the choices we make as a species will determine what becomes of the planet on which we live.

Recognition for Melt:
‘Simon has always been deeply passionate about his work and it shows. There’s a thoughtfulness and wisdom too. “Melt” is as powerful as it is beautiful.’ – Craig Davis ECD Publicis Groupe

‘With images that capture and hold the viewer’s attention, Simon Harsent’s body of work is sublime.’ -Australian Creative Magazine

‘Simon Harsent’s Melt is quite possibly the most exciting photographic exhibition Sydney has seen in sometime… Thursday night at ACP, Paddington. Don’t miss this visual feast!’ – Sydney Art Buyer

Awards for Melt:
PDN Photo awards 2010
D&AD Awards
International Photographic Awards

About the artist:
Born in England, Simon Harsent studied photography at Watford Collage. After graduating, he assisted some of London’s top photographers before moving to Australia in 1988.

While in Australia, Harsent quickly established himself as one of the countries most exciting young photographers. He worked on some of the country’s most awarded advertising campaigns, winning numerous national and international awards, including: Cannes Lions, One Show, Clio, D&AD, London International and Australia’s first Cannes Grand Prix.

Simon has gone on to become one of the most awarded photographers in the world and his work has been featured in a host of magazines and books such as Archive, Campaign Brief, Creativity, Communication

Arts, Capture, Graphis, Photo, the D&AD Art Direction book and Photo District News. Harsent’s work is also included in the permanent collection at the Queensland Art Gallery and The Powerhouse Museum.

In 1997 Harsent moved to New York to further his career as a fine art and commercial photographer.

In 2008 along with photographer Sean Izzard, Harsent co founded POOL a photographic collective based in Sydney.

Currently dividing his time between New York and Sydney, Harsent continues to work on award-winning campaigns for some of the worlds top advertising agencies and designers whilst working on gallery projects such as his 2009 exhibition, Melt.

Press – 
Canon EOS – Photo5: Close up with Simon Harsent

Public Collections:
The Power House Museum Sydney Australia
Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane Australia
Monographs:
Melt Portrait of an Iceberg
Selected Awards:
2014 PDN Photo annual for The Beautiful Game
2014 PDN Photo annual for RTA Fatigue Campaign
2013 PDN Photo annual
2013 (Australian) National Photographic Portrait Prize Finalist
2012 AWARD Awards Bronze award for The Ship Song Project
2012 Art Directors Club of NY Silver Award The Ship song
2012 Art Directors Club of NY Bronze Award Schweppes
2012 PDN Photo annual for Schweppes
2012 D&AD in Book for Blow Up
2012 Archive 200 Best Advertising Photographers
2012 National Portrait Award Finalist
2012 Communication Arts Photography Annual
2011 International Photography Awards / 3rd Place / Nudes
2011 AWARD Awards Silver Award WWF Fragile Beauty Campaign
2011 AWARD Awards Bronze Award WWF Fragile Beauty Single
2011 D&AD In the Book WWF Fragile Beauty Icefields
2011 Adfest Bronze Lotus for Fragile Beauty Campaign
2011 New York Photo Festival Honorable Mention Advertising Series WWF Ghosts
2011 PDN Photo annual Awarded Advertising WWF Icefields Campaign
2011 Clio Awards Silver Award for WWF Icefields
2011 Clio Awards Silver Award for WWF Ocean
2011 Clio Awards Silver Award for WWF Rainforest
2011 One Show Awards Honorable Mention Advertising Series for WWF Fragile Beauty
2010 International Photography Awards / 1st Place / Nature
2010 International Photography Awards / 2nd Place / Advertising other
2010 Caxton Awards / Best use of Photography / WWF Fragile Beauty for Leo Burnett Advertising
2010 PDN Photo Annual Awarded / Advertising WWF Ghosts Campaign
2010 PND Photo Annual Awarded / Books Melt Portrait of an Iceberg
2010 Australian Creative’s Hotshop Photographer of the year
2010 D&AD / WWF Ghosts Campaign in the Book
2010 D&AD / Melt Portrait of an Iceberg in the Book
2010 Archives 200 Best Photographers
2009 AWARD Awards / Bronze Award / WWF Ghosts Eagle
2009 AWARD Awards / Bronze Award / WWF Ghosts Tigers
2009 AWARD Awards / Bronze Award / WWF Ghosts Gorilla
2009 AWARD Awards / Silver Award / WWF Ghosts Penguins
2009 AWARD Awards / Silver Award / WWF Ghosts Campaign
MADC 2009 / Silver Award / Victorian Tourism / Goldfields
MADC 2009 / Silver Award / Victorian Tourism / Dandelongs
PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris Water Competition 2009 Honorable Mention
Selected for Px3′s Water Exhibition 2009
2009 Communication Arts Advertising Annual / Old English Euro RSCG Worldwide
2009 One show Awards Merit Award for Old English
2009 International Photography Awards / 2nd Place Advertising other Category
Graphis Gold Selected for Publication for the 2008 Graphis Photography Annual
MADC 2008 Silver Award for Victorian Tourism
2008 Photographer of the Year at The Institute of Advertising Singapore Hall of Fame Awards
3 Honorable Mention Recipients of PX3 2008 Competition
PDN Photo Annual 2008
International Photography Awards 2008 / Waterscapes 1st Place
International Photography Awards 2008 / Advertising Other 3rd Place
International Photography Awards 2008 / Best in Show Exhibition
International Photography Awards 2007 / Fine Art Landscape 2nd Prize 2007
International Photography Awards 2007 / Fine Art Landscapes 3rd Prize
International Photography Awards 2007 / Best in Show Exhibition
International Photography Awards 2007 / 8 Honorable Mentions
2006 Olive Cotton Portrait Award / Selected Finalist
ADDYS NY / Gold / /New York Times / Bozell
ADDYS National / Gold / New York Times / Bozell
Anthena Awards (2002) Grand Anthena / New York Times / Bozell
Anthena Awards (2003) Grand Anthena / New York Times / Bozell
Association of Photographers / Finalist / Club 21
Association of Photographers / Merit / Personal work
Association of Photographers / Judges choice / Personal work
Association of Photographers / Finalist / Personal work
Cannes International / Grand Prix / Kadu / Andromeda
Cannes International / Gold / New York Times / Bozell
Cannes International / Silver / Richter / Cosmos
Cannes International / Bronze / Toyota / Saatchi’s
Cannes International / Bronze / Stolli Vodka / Publicis NY
Cannes International / Bronze / Vespa / Publicis NY
D&AD / Silver Nomination / Kadu / Andromeda
D&AD / Finalist / Kadu / Andromedia
London International / Gold / Kadu / Andromeda
London International / Gold / MasterCard / McCann Erickson
One Show / Gold / Richter / Cosmos
One Show / Finalist / Baygon / Batey
One Show / Finalist / Equniox / Chiat/TBWA
One Show / Merit / Old English / EURO/Worldwide
New York Festivals / Gold / New York Times / Bozel
Melbourne Art Directors Club / Silver / Victorian Tourism Publicis / Mojo
Melbourne Art Directors Club / Bronze / Victorian Tourism Publicis / Mojo
2002 PDN Photography Annual / Finalist
2008 PDN Photography Annual / Finalist
2009 PDN Photography Annual / Finalist