In the media I talked of Looker’s winning work as ‘an enchanting and mysterious scene that pushes the boundaries of portraiture.’ In a successful public event following the opening of the NPPP 2016 Prize, Looker contributed insightfully to the panel discussion on storytelling and photography. Looker has a particular eye, approach and style, bringing a refreshingly free imagination to photographic portraiture. Her creative sensibility, artistic discipline and powers of acute observation allow her to explore concepts and test boundaries within the form and genre in captivating ways.
Penny Grist, curator, National Portrait Gallery
Your pictures resonated with me (as you might suspect) and especially 2 of them—the dancing girl in the brilliant dress, arms akimbo, and perhaps the same girl in the tree, same dress too? Oh, and the baby with the twitching fingers. That one, too.
Really nice work. Keep doing it.
Sally Mann, photographer
When I look at these (her) photographs, overwhelming emotion washes through me. Liz Looker is a photographer I have admired for a long time. She searches for the truth, for the purest moment, for something real. As we live in a time when so many images are altered digitally to reveal the seemingly perfect picture - it is Liz who bucks against this notion in a captivatingly raw and honest way through her visual perspective. Liz allows us to trust that the imperfections are in fact what makes us beautiful and unique as human beings. When she sent me her recent images within this exhibition THE SPIRIT AND THE FLESH, I was absolutely awestruck. To me these photographs capture the feeling of Life. The fleeting moment - an image - the capture - one click - the blink of an eye - 1 mm of a second in which we are pulsing on this planet. A brief suspension. Liz explained that she photographed these subjects to observe the human form without judgment. It is an emotional feeling to see the human body suspended in darkness, in this void, and in such a spectacularly poetic way. The Spirit commands our attention; resists, leaps, twists, soars. Her images fill me with renewed gratitude. For my own form. My own spirit. They cause me to reflect on my own judgement of my own vessel. Liz commands us to pause and to wonder and to marvel at the miracle - the profound occasion of life.
Kate Bosworth, actress, producer
I met Liz about 15 years ago, and was introduced to her work at that time. I was inspired by the way she captured a special light in her subjects. She was making pictures that had their own identity and were personal. They stood out from the other work that I was familiar with seeing in Australia at that time.
Liz has a profound acuity of perception that reveals to her the beauty in all things. This she shares with us through her work. Her sensitivity to the beauty of the human experience makes her imagery utterly breathtaking. In her images, there is a delightful tension between ease and unease, banality and romanticism, light and dark. I truly believe that she is an artist worth supporting and celebrating.
Nick Hudson, photographer
Elizabeth Looker's 8 Months and on the Porch is a more harmonious balance: the unselfconscious but spontaneously joyful stretching of the naked pregnant body captured and abstracted at the same time by the strong tonal contrasts of the black and white image, sympathy and detachment in a happy equilibrium.
Christopher Allen, art historian and critic, The Australian, on Liz's prize winning portrait in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
I was first introduced to the work of photographer Liz Looker when a new portrait was installed in our office. The subject was a pregnant woman, a nude pregnant woman with fierce hair, which the artist had captured in an unapologetic moment of femininity and transformation. For an office filled with people all working to tackle and measure problems that face our local, national and international communities it seemed fitting. As I looked up at her I was struck by the immense power of women, and thought, “Yes, this makes sense. Everything in life seems to start and end with strong women.’
Grace Forrest, Walk Free Foundation
Liz is one of the most interesting, and interested people I know. And this is why her photographs are so penetrating: she doesn’t just love to shoot - she always finds out how to love her subjects first.
Richard Berney, Executive Creative Director, 303 Mullen Lowe
Elizabeth Looker - What words can never fully fulfil are the moments she captures in film. A moment, a thought, a rare and beautiful glimpse into a heart and a mind and a spirit. She clicks with the ease of a ballerina in motion, embracing the subject in warmth and tenderness. Allowing at every moment the subject to be honest and free. With the purest of grace and technicality of the greatest masters of modern photography, she captures a rawness, in her eye, through light and shadow, untouched by the spoils of re-touch, a purist who is deeply cemented in the earth of today. A pure delight and inspiration of everything magical which often feels like a lost memory.
Toni Maticevski, MATICEVSKI
The whole experience I found cathartic. It was as though I could finally reflect upon what I have achieved as a mother, a wife and most importantly, as a woman. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for your pictures.
Somehow you have managed to find the perfectly, imperfect version of each of us.
I will be able to forever look back and remember what it felt like to be me at that very moment in time.
What a gift.
Liz never fails at capturing the true essence of her subject. There is something a little bit magical with the way she looks at light and how it amplifies whatever she is shooting. People feel at ease around her and I always trust she will add an extra something to our work.
Melissa Radman, Design Director, Meerkats
We received the photos and they are utterly divine. You have done such a wonderful job, honestly the photos are just breathtaking.
Thank you so very much for all your hard work and for agreeing to be a part of our wedding day. You have an incredible talent and been a complete pleasure to work with!
Jess and Nick, Wedding Clients