Andrew Maccoll is currently one of Australia’s highest achieving visual creatives. From an early age, Andrew was fascinated by light and form and the interaction of the two. Andrew spent most of his childhood moving in and out of darkrooms and edit suites. His Father an honoured Press Photographer and Mother a Documentary Producer. His career started quite young as a darkroom printing assistant while studying for a Bachelors degree in Visual Arts majoring in Multi-Media. Post university work saw him establish himself as a successful designer across both the print & web spectrums. At the same time, Andrew worked as a photographer & cinematographer for News Ltd. This expanded into forming his own company which went on to work with Major Celebrities & Australian brands in both Fashion & Advertising.
In more recent years Andrew has delved deeper into the digital space as Chief Marketing Officer for retail marketing powerhouse Commerce One which continues into today working across the board in true polymath form as Creative Director for companies seeking to produce data driven creative campaigns. Career highlights so far have been working with brands such as Bvlgari, Dior, NBC Universal, The Ritz Carlton & IBM. Also holding titles such as ‘Head of Design’ for L’Officiel Magazine & respectively for retail giant Nine West in Australia.
Andrew has taken portraits of celebrities such as Bill Clinton, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, P!NK, and many more. He has 3 portraits in the Australian National Portrait Gallery. Andrew has also been honoured by highly esteemed international awards as one of the top ten photographers in the world in his field. More recently announced as one of Australia's top ten photographers in both advertising and fashion by Capture Magazine. Andrew is currently partnered with Huawei & Leica to evolve awareness and revolutionise smartphone use in photography.
In his spare time, Andrew Dj's an array of electronic music at various venues along the Australian East Coast under the Dj name Andi Red. He has periodically stepped into audio production having studied music up to an AMEB Grade 6 level.
“One of the great pleasures of standing before a work in the portrait gallery is being able to lock eyes with another person, for as long as you like. You can’t do that in everyday life; nearly all of us shy away, like the animals we are, from the aggressive or sexual potency of eye-to-eye engagement. That’s why teenagers wear hoods or grow their hair, so they don’t catch anyone’s eye… My observation is that for men and women alike, it’s a visceral thrill to look at photographs such as your very ‘manly’ images of Mick Molloy and Mick Fanning and return the subjects’ unflinching gaze, frankly and unselfconsciously. It’s not any old photographer who can get that undiluted look out of a portrait subject; it’s a gift, or a skill, that you have, if you can elicit that look from them, and I think you’ve got that.“
- National Portrait Gallery Curator Sarah Engledow.
“I am deeply bound by a love of light… the way it falls, the way it colours everything, the way it is. Mostly I love how I can be a part of it’s journey by capturing it’s illuminated subject and creating an artistic expression that can be felt emotionally. We surround ourselves with light at night and are immersed in it giving thanks to the Sun every day.
To me it doesn’t just enable us to see beauty, it is the purest form of beauty. Through it I see all things, experience all things, and capture my life along with the lives of those in front of the lens. I am continuing to build a legacy begun long ago. A shared vision to leave a trace of our passage on this earth that is truly beautiful.”
• 1999 Bachelors degree: Visual Arts in Photography
• 2000 Began working for News Corporation
• 2006 Launched Fashion & Advertising career
• 2008 Finalist for the Moran Prize.
• 2008 Olive Cotton Award Finalist
• 2008 Top ten finalist for the QANTAS Spirit of Youth Awards
• 2009 Desktop Create Awards Finalist
• 2009 Pulp Magazine Fashion Photographer of The Year Winner
• 2009 Hasselblad Masters Top Ten Worldwide Finalist
• 2009 Signed to Contour by Getty images for celebrity work worldwide.
• 2010 Portrait of comedian Mick Molloy acquired by the National Portrait Gallery
• 2010 Announced as one of the top ten in Australia for fashion and advertising by Capture & Creative Magazines.
• 2011 Portrait of surfer Mick Fanning acquired by the National Portrait Gallery
• 2013 Portrait of actor Eric Bana acquired and exhibited by the National Portrait Gallery
• 2013 Hasselblad Masters Top Ten Worldwide Finalist
• 2015 Shoots for NBC Universal
• 2016 Captures IBM Watson & Jason Grech Campaign
• 2017 Partners with Huawei & Leica on the Mate 9 Smartphone TVC