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CV Doug Thost

Born in Sydney, raised in Malaysia and rural NSW, Doug Thost now calls Hobart “home”. Having borrowed his fathers camera at the age of 12, and neglecting to give it back, his photographic career began at high school, spending hours inhabiting the dark room and experimenting with black and white printing. A background in geology and glaciology has given him access to that most amazing of continents, Antarctica, which he has visited 18 times since 1987.

He has been shooting landscape and wilderness images for over 20 years, specialising in cold-weather and remote locations using 35mm, medium format panorama, and digital cameras (Canon EOS 5D Mark II). In 2006 he was awarded the Arts Tasmania Cultural Residency at Lake St Clair National Park, where he enjoyed two months freedom to explore, and attempt to incorporate, the often-ignored "human" element in wilderness photography. His current projects include portraits of men and women who spend their life flying, and aerial photographs of Tasmania's more remote regions. You can see a portfolio of his work here.

Doug also offers affordable photographic services in the Hobart area, including family portraits, event and wedding photography. You can see examples of his more general photographic work at www.photography.dougthost.com

And coming soon: Steady-Shot.com, featuring Doug's new gyro stabilised camera mount. You can have a sneak preview of its capabilities here.

Front Cover of Tasmania's premier magazine "Tasmania 40° South", issue 53 June 2009

Solo Exhibitions

1994   Untitled. Studio Showcase, Rozelle (Sydney).

2002   From a Frozen Land. Hobart Midwinter Festival.

2003   Being There: people and places in Antarctica . Hobart Midwinter Festival.

2005   Dark River : the Franklin . Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Hobart, September - December.

2006   Frozen. The Wilderness Gallery, Cradle Mountain Chateau, Tasmania.

Frozen | Wilderness Gallery | Cradle Mountain Chateau

2008   Two Months at the Lake . Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Hobart, October.

2009   Frozen II. Fullers Bookshop, Hobart, Tasmania. June.

2009   Postcards from the Ice. Christchurch City Council, Christchurch, New Zealand. September.

2010   Aurora Australis - 20 Years in the Ice. Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart. June.


2006   Arts Tasmania Wilderness Residency at Lake St Clair National Park, March – May.

2010   Silver Award in the Tasmanian Professional Photographer of the Year Awards in the Wedding Album category.

Group Exhibitions

2004   Antarctica : the Heart of the World. Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre WA, August 2004 – April 2005.

2005   Australia ’s Antarctic Programme: Connecting, Protecting. Parliament House Canberra , August.

2006   AURORA - Extraordinary visions of Antarctica. Parliament House Canberra, 6 September - 4 October.

2006   Digital Fringe. Part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, 27 September - 15 October.

2007   Antarctica - A Place in the Wilderness. Parliament House Canberra, August - September.

Parliament House exhibition 2007

2007   Significant images Significant places - celebrating Tasmanian WHA 25th Anniversary. The Wilderness Gallery, Tasmania, December '07 - January '08.

2008   Fagus. The Wilderness Gallery, Tasmania.

2008   Extreme Environment Photographic Competition. Finalist (2 images). Hobart Midwinter Festival, 20-29 June.

2009   Extreme Environment Photographic Competition. Finalist. Hobart Midwinter Festival, 19-28 June.


Australian Antarctic Division, Tasmania

Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, University of Tasmania

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (Islands to Ice exhibition)

Private collections, UK , USA , Germany , Australia


Australia Post postage stamps since 1997 (8) for the Australian Antarctic Territory, including the International Polar Year 2007-08 series, and the Poles & Glaciers series issued in 2009.

Australian Antarctic Territory stamp issue 1997 Internation Polar Year 2007-08 stamp pack
Australian Antarctic Territory stamp issue 1997 Poles & Glaciers 2009

Use of numerous images in magazines, books, calendars, cards and newspapers

Book Covers: "Southern Quest", "The Antarctic Dictionary".

Marine Board of Hobart Annual Report 1989 Southern Quest: a journey of discovery for Australian Antarctic Science The Antarctic Dictionary, by Bernadette Hince

Related work

Director, and camera for ABC documentary "Ice Shelf" shot on location in Antarctica and Heard Island (ABC Nov 2003).

Additional photography credit in ABC documentary "Eye of the Storm: El Niño", shooting time lapse of storms and clouds in Ecuador.

Additional Antarctic footage used in the documentaries "Killers of Eden" (ABC), "Surviving Extremes" (ABC), and "4 Corners" (ABC, 28.08.06).

Additional Antarctic footage used in ABC "Catalyst" episode (ABC, 29.04.10).

Sound recordist for ABC documentary "Island of the Vampire Birds", shot on the Galapagos Islands.

Video footage represented through Nature Footage in the USA.

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