Hugh Hartshorne

Hugh Hartshorne is one of Australia's most interesting and talented photographers. His photography style is synonymous with his personal approach to life - authentic and inspired. This approach has delivered him numerous awards and successful creative campaigns in Australia and the US, and allows him to continue shooting and interpreting the world as he sees it. Adelaide-born and raised, Hugh started his career as a photojournalist with the Messenger Press, The Adelaide Advertiser and The Australian-newspaper. While still enjoying the editorial scene, Hugh began to make his mark with Milton Wordley and the Southlight Studio team working on the campaigns of Tourism SA, State Bank of SA, Belvoir Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of SA, Penfolds wines, Crozer Champagne and Qantas Magazine. 

During this period, Hugh became a founding member of ACMP (Australian Commercial and Media Photographers) and shot a portrait of Geoffrey Rush as The Alchemist in the Belvoir Theatre Production. This portrait was honored with the Photo District News International Silver Award for advertising photography and regarded by Rush as the best photo ever taken of him as an actor. 

The end of 1995 saw Hugh venture to NYC, which was the beginning of a 15-year love affair.  In 2010, Hugh closed his Studio on 23rd in Manhattan and relocated to Sydney with his partner, Monica Willis, Wardrobe and fashion stylist. 

Hugh now lives between Sydney and Brooklyn with Monica Willis and their two children, Polly and Finn. When Hugh's not out looking to capture life's authentic and unexpected moments, he's surfing, doing yoga, riding motorcycles, and enjoying good food and wine.


Eliquis (Pharma), Humira (Pharma), Spiriva (Pharma), Lenscrafters, AT&T, JetBlue, Rolling Stone, Mens Journal, Tourism Croatia, Jamacian Tourism Board, ExxonMobil, Bank of New York, Newsweek, Merrill Lynch, Novartis, Lilly, Merck, Ray Ban, Pitney Bowes, Chivas Regal, and Seagrams.