Artistic Statement

Anthony Basheer is a photographer with a considered, quiet and nostalgic sensibility. He was born in Adelaide in 1969, Australia.

He holds an Advanced Diploma in Photography, Photography Studies College (Melbourne, May 2015).

His images focus on the built environment, interiors and landscape and are generally devoid of people yet having a strong human presence associated to them. One can explore the play of light and complexities of colour and texture in the stillness. Sometimes he may challenge the viewer by introducing a hint of tension popping through a somewhat perfect facade.

Anthony has a distinctive style emerging with a strong sense of design and great attention to detail; he is sensitive to his subject matter with a sound understanding of texture, shape and form.

Having come to photography later in life he has an accelerated understanding of the craft of photography and appreciates the time and dedication that is involved in creating beautiful images.  His use of light and dedication to colour shine through even the most banal of subject matter.

Australian painter Jeffrey Smart inspires Anthony and he is sensitive to the colour palettes used by a variety of artists including American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock, French painter Fernand Léger and French film director Jacques Tati.

Photographic inspiration is found in Stephen Shore, Irwin Olaf and Bill Henson.  Julius Shulman and Ezra Stoller for architectural photography inspiration and Ansel Adams documenting light in the landscape.

Stephen Shore, in particular, is Anthony’s photographic hero and he would like to emulate his picture spirit as described by John Szarkowski (Director of Photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art from 1962 to 1991) “a Shore picture is very classical in spirit, very quiet, very poised…. Not boring, not empty – but suspended”.