Keren Dobia OC’04, an accredited professional photographer, has been named as the 2017 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year by The Australian Institute of Photography.
Keren studied a Diploma of Photoimaging at NMIT, where she is now a lecturer, has exhibited her pieces at various galleries and also works as a creative director for theatrical compositions, designing, creating and sourcing costumes and sets.
More than 500 of Australia’s top professional photographers, submitted almost 2,000 images that were peer-judged anonymously over three days by some of the industry’s heavyweights
Keren’s artwork is influenced by her background in painting, drawing, and fashion, and her images often blur the line between photography and illustration. Keren’s creativity extends to the design and fabrication of costumes and sets. With a natural attention to detail and her industry recognised postproduction skills Keren moulds her inspirational work from concept to completion.
At the 2017 Australian Professional Photography Awards, a photographer and judge said of Keren’s work that “there are some portraits that simply say what we look like, and there’s some that say who we are.”
This is the principle that has inspired Keren’s ongoing series of portraits depicting Australian artists and artisans, I AM. – four of which earned her the distinction of being named the 2017 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year.
Mazel tov to Keren and kol ha’kavod and this wonderful recognition of her work.