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About Barry Cheeseman

With a background in accounting and CEO management of financial institutions, Barry commenced his photography in 1998 by joining a local camera club. After studying photography at various colleges in Brisbane, in 2001 he 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. An annual competition, conducted in London and New York and judged by 39 leading art galleries throughout the world including Sotherby's and Tate Galleries of London, Magnum Magazine of New York plus the 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.

At the end of 2007, after closing his studio in Brisbane, Barry conducted numerous 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. These tours together with several solo visits were conducted over a period of eight years. Barry has received recognition from the Vietnamese Government for his dedication and true portrayal through his portraiture work of the Vietnamese people. 

In 2019 Barry was appointed 'Chevalier Academicien' of the Mondial Art Academia, based in France, which consists of a selection of artists (in all mediums) appointed to the Academia from throughout the world.

In February 2020 Barry was the celebrated monthly photo-artist of the Dek Uno Magazine, an international distributed Arts Magazine based in Florida USA that, in each of the eleven months published throughout the year, the publisher devotes an entire monthly publication to only one of eleven photo-artists chosen in that year from around the world.


In 2021, a selection of Barry's works and personal details has been published in 'The First Berliner Art Book 2021'. An art book curated annually by the Art-Management-Berlin featuring selected artists of all mediums. The book is distributed though-out selected art galleries around the world.  


Also in 2021, Barry's Vietnam photography was recognized in articles in magazines published and distributes throughout the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane in Australia.  His achievements in photography were also published in the local online news media during early 2021 

Although now retired from commercial photography, Barry continues to tutor on all aspects of photography. 

Since moving to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, Barry now photographs Model Portfolios and Portraits as well as Fashion Photography for a local business together with personal photographic projects.

Barry has also published four limited edition books, one of which was accepted by the Vietnamese Government as a true representation of the Vietnamese people and another of characters of a country thoroughbred horse racing community that was sponsored by the Queensland Government and became part of the Queensland State 150 years celebration. 

Barry’s photography has been and continues to be exhibited in many Art Galleries in Queensland.

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