14 May 2023
With a career that spans three decades, Tony Mott is recognised as Australia's premier rock photographer and a leading worldwide exponent of the craft. In conjunction with an exhibition of award winners in the PLC Sydney Students’ Photographic Prize 2023.
Tony's career as a rock photographer began in 1983 at the Piccadilly Hotel in Kings Cross when he began photographing the Divinyls lead singer Chrissy Amphlett. One of his photographs was chosen as a tour poster and from then on Tony went on to document Sydney's flourishing music scene of the 1980s and 1990s. His photographs began to appear in mainstream music magazines Juice, Drum Media, RAM, Juke, Creem, and Rolling Stone
Mott's first international portrait featured the Eurythmics, then in 1988 Tony was hired as Mike Jagger's tour photographer. This subsequently led to Mott being hired by the Rolling Stones and touring with them on three occasions, as well as with Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac, establishing an international reputation. His portfolio includes the most popular names in music, including the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Elton John, Nirvana, and Madonna, along with major Australian acts INXS, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil, Silverchair, and the independent Sydney band scene
As the Music and Photography industries have changed, so has Tony's career. Tony is now a freelance commercial photographer based in Melbourne. Although rock photography and travel are still his passion, today he shoots a wide variety of subject matter with commissions from advertising agencies, design houses, architects and Not for Profit organisations. His clean and graphic style combined with his knowledge and skill set allows him to fulfil the most demanding image briefs, both in studio and on location.
Tony Mott, along with Dr Paul Burgis will present the awards in this Year’s Students’ Photographic Prize. This year, students were asked to respond to the theme ‘Girls Rock’.
Highly Commended award recipients received a certificate and a $50 art supplies voucher, generously supported by PLC Sydney Parents & Friends’ Association.
To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.Elliott Erwitt.