Trent Parke: The Black Rose, screens 21 April on ABC

Tune in to ABC for this on Tuesday night.

Trent Parke: The Black Rose follows the Adelaide-based photographer as he prepares for an exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The culmination of seven years work, it is the most personal of investigations for Trent Parke. 

The first Australian to become a full member of the renowned photographers' cooperative Magnum Photo Agency, Parke is considered one of the most innovative photographers of his generation. 

Whilst working as a press photojournalist during the first years of his career, Parke received numerous awards, including five Gold Lenses from the International Olympic Committee, and World Press Photo Awards in 1999, 2000 and 2005. In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his series Minutes to Midnight.

The ABC documentary, Trent Parke: The Black Rose, features interviews with Trent Parke’s partner, photographer Narelle Autio, as well as photography critic and writer Geoff Dyer.

Parke explains, “The Black Rose started in 2007 as an attempt to excavate my own histories, reflecting on a night when at the age of twelve I witnessed my mother die of an asthma attack while my dad was at his squash night. As a result I blanked out those first 12 years of my life and much more.”

“After sidestepping the issue for 27 years, a chance incident forced my hand and I began writing and taking photographs as I sought to get those memories back. Autobiographical in nature, these letters and photographs narrate the story of my life past and present, but more importantly pose universal questions relating to our very existence.”

“Why we are here? Where are we going, and what happens next?”

Trent Parke: The Black Rose screens 21 April at 10pm on ABC.

Trent Parke: The Black Rose runs March 14 – May 10 at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Director Catherine Hunter
Producers Catherine Hunter & Julia Overton
Cinematographer & Editor Bruce Inglis
ABC Commissioning Editor Kath Earle
ABC Head of Arts Katrina Sedgwick