4 future-focused photographers to watch

Four photographers each approaching the topic of ‘the future’ through different lenses.
Michael Najjar, ‘Arctic Vault’, 2023 from the series, ‘Cool Earth’. Photo: Courtesy of the artist. A concrete vault in the middle of melting ice and a barren landscape.

Jo Duck is a Melbourne-based fine art and advertising photographer whose work plays into humour and cinematography while offering eye candy and thought-provoking prompts in equal measure.

This was encapsulated in Razzle Dazzle, recently shown in a series of outdoor interventions as part of PHOTO 2024. Here, the subjects of Duck’s photographs appear like extravagantly dressed secret agents, attempting to bypass facial recognition and surveillance technologies through DIY outfits and gadgets.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne and was most recently engaged in consultation for the Emerging Writers’ Festival and ArtsGen. Instagram @lleizy_