Gemma-Rose is an Australian artist who creates collaborative photographic works. After graduating from The Queensland College of Art she worked in a variety of roles – newspaper photographer, Editor of The Australian PhotoJournalist, and facilitating photojournalism workshops in Vietnam for The Indochina Media Memorial Foundation – before transitioning to working exclusively as a documentary photographer. She has completed several major projects, including publishing a book, since then.
When creating projects Red Light Dark Room; Sex, lives & stereotypes 2011 (created in collaboration with a group of street based sex workers) and Paper Thin 2012 (with people who have experienced elder abuse) she actively engaged in a synthesis of traditional frameworks of Documentary Photography and the methodologies of Participatory Photography.
This blending of methods and modes was a conscious attempt to provide opportunity for participants to be allowed greater involvement in the process of having their stories told in visual form. She continues to explore this synthesis in a range of collaborative projects with her family; I wish I could spend more time with my family 2013 – ongoing