THE 1826 TEAM
Named in honour of Nicéphore Niepce who captured the first ever photograph, “View from the Window at Le Gras” in France, 1826 was founded by John Donegan in 2009 and is expanding to include the brightest photographers from across Australia.
Today, at 1826, the past meets the future.
Who are we?
Donegan sold his first photograph to a suburban newspaper as a 14 year old in Melbourne. This passing moment borne from happenstance has led to a lifetime chronicling daily life in over 15 countries around the world.
Donegan is now intrigued by the art of portrait photography and enjoys using photography to celebrate the individual, although he is discovering that the perfect portrait is as elusive as the subject is unique.
Donegan has been inspired to build 1826 into a creative haven and the preeminent photography studio in Australia.
Leigh is an experienced editor, manager and photographer with over 30 years experience in the Australian photography industry.
He has managed and led teams of photographers with diverse talents who are required to meet tight deadlines for a variety of platforms, including print, online, and social media.
Leigh loves working collaboratively with art directors, editors, artists and anyone who needs photography projects managed. He can help turn your ideas into stunning photographs.
Penny is a Melbourne based photographer with over 22 years of experience.
Penny’s extensive photographic experience over that time has produced the highest quality portfolio of pictures from all fields including, food, fashion, portraiture, landscape and major events.
She was awarded a United Nations award for her photography on climate change in the Solomon Islands, and was a finalist in the Moran Portrait prize.
Penny is known for her easy manner and warmth she makes getting her subjects to relax and feel comfortable in front of the camera look easy.
Wayne is a Melbourne based photographer with over 20 years of experience.
Wayne's friendly and approachable style has made him a sought-after choice for CEO’s, commercial and magazine clients.
Wayne's clients include Boss Magazine, Epicure, Honda Australia and The National Gallery of Victoria.
Fiona has been a "Snapper to the stars" and a whole lot more in an illustrious career spanning more than twenty years.
A passionate, professional and multi-awarded photographer with an enviable international reputation for getting the shot.
From New York to Melbourne, Fiona specialises in red carpet, event and opening night photography.
Reg is Geelong based professional photographer with thirty years of experience in commercial, advertising and public relations photography.
For Reg it’s about capturing that intrinsic essence of a person.
“It’s about recording those magic moments in life and making them last forever.”
Norm is a well-respected Melbourne photographer with more than 37 years.
Norm is renowned for his portraits of local and international celebrities, politicians and sporting legends.
These portraits are a testament to Norm’s no-fuss nature which is an important asset for a portraitist.
Sarah is an amazingly talented Melbourne photographer with a passion for visual story telling. Be it perfectly lit environmental portraits, deliciously photographed food, eye catching fashion, or major events, Sarah’s portfolio show a depth of work that can cover any topic that needs to be photographed.
A strong sense of style and a passion to find what’s unique in every subject drive photographer Rebecca Michael.
Food photography is a specialty, and Rebecca is adept at capturing the texture, tones and sensual pleasure of food in all its variations. Her work has appeared regularly on covers of Taste and Weekend, and she has photographed chefs from Heston Blumenthal to Nobu Matsuhisa.
Silvia has been working as a professional photographer for nearly four decades and loves what she does.
Silvia has enjoyed working on a number theatre and film productions, and has completed a number of documentary projects while exploring Europe and Mexico.
Silvia is an accredited AIPP member and qualifications include a Diploma in Photo Imaging, completed at Swinburne University.