About Barry Cheeseman
With a background in accounting and management of financial institutions, Barry commenced his photography in 1996 by joining a local camera club. After studying photography at various colleges in Brisbane, in 2001 he then established Mystique Of Images and became a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP).
He has gained recognition for his portrait photography both at national and international levels.
In 2009 he was a winner in the Portrait Division (professional photographers section) of the Black & White Spider Awards. This competition, conducted in London and New York was judged by 39 leading art galleries throughout the world including Sotherbys and Tate Galleries of London, Magnum Magazine of New York and Galerie Baudon of Paris to name just a few.
In 2015 he once again was a winner in the Portrait Division of the same competition.
Since the end of 2007, after closing his studio in Brisbane, Barry has accompanied many photographers’ tours to Vietnam (and sometimes Cambodia), assisting photographers to become proficient in the use of their camera equipment whilst enjoying the opportunity to photograph the diverse cultures, people and landscapes of these two amazing countries.
Barry, through his photography tours and with the help of donations from others, supported a small school of sixty children in the highlands of North Vietnam for three years.
Although now retired from commercial photography, Barry continues to tutor on all aspects of photography. As an accredited judge of photography for the Photographic Society of Queensland Inc., he is able to share his knowledge of photography with club members during his visits to the camera clubs throughout Queensland and Northern NSW.
Barry has also published three limited edition books; ‘They Gallop at Dawn’, ‘Portraits of Vietnam’ and ‘Portraits of Vietnam 2’. The first book depicted the characters who train, race, and own thoroughbred horses at a country race track. This book was sponsored by the Queensland Government and became part of the Queensland State 150 years celebration. The second and third books were a collection of natural, un-posed portraits of the Vietnamese people, photographed during his many tours of the country.
Barry’s photography has been and continues to be exhibited in many Art Galleries in Queensland.