“It’s been a lot of travelling; I’ve done about 25,000 kilometres over the last twelve months,” Andrew says.
Andrew Chapman’s stunning new photographic book captures the memories, the people and the stories surrounding Australian woolsheds.
The Jones Woolshed in York bought Andrew to the Wheatbelt where he met some local characters whose stories feature in the book.
He says the images often take people back to being a child on a farm, “they talk about the memories of helping out their dad or uncle in the shearing shed when they were a kid and it just brings back all those memories.”
With more and more Western Australian farmers moving out of the sheep industry, empty woolsheds make poignant photographs.
“A lot of these sheds are facing the mark of time, they’re really at the end of their used by date and it’s probably a little bit sad in a way… there’s certainly an older generation left holding on to a lot of farms I think, maybe the younger kids are away working on the mines.”
From Andrew Chapman, the best-selling author of Woolsheds, comes a stunning new photographic book exploring the world around the sheds, the shearers, the roustabouts, the dogs, the dunnies and the sheds themselves.
About the Author
Born 1954 in Melbourne, Australia, Andrew Chapman Studied photography at Prahran College of Advanced Education in the 1970’s under the guidance of well known photographers John Cato and Athol Smith. Andrew graduated with Honours from Prahran CAE in 1980, where he also won the Agfa Award for Printing Excellence.
He worked as a newspaper photographer 1978-80, 1982-86, in suburban press and on freelance daily news assignments.
As a freelance photographer (1985-2006), Andrew has worked on numerous assignments for Time, Business Review Weekly, The Bulletin and Who Weekly magazines. With more than a dozen Time covers to his credit, he has covered subjects as diverse as Heroin Dealers, Bushfires, Prime Ministers, Presidents and Celebrities. Many prominent Australian and overseas corporations as well as government departments have commissioned Andrew to work on their Annual Reports and company magazines. Check out books by Andrew Chapman.