Landscape / Nature | Nominee

Fabian Muir

Sydney / AU

Megalopolis, or the Subversion of China's Landscapes


This series examines the rapid construction and expansion of in many cases unheard of Chinese megacities, specifically people’s interactions with increasingly dense and vertiginous urban environments fast consuming what were until recently agricultural and rural settings. This rampant expansion shows no sign of stopping. In the process we observe settings in which people can appear secondary and subservient as they wend their way beneath the dizzying motorways and belittling, monotonous architecture that have overtaken once verdant fields, forests and hillsides.


Arts/Law, University of Sydney

Recent selected exhibitions / festivals:
2019 Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Intimate Perspectives on North Korea
2019 Head On Festival, Sydney, Searching for North Korea
2019 Critical Mass Top 50 winners
2019 Light Years at Michael Reid Sydney
2018 Addis Foto Fest, Addis Abiba, Ethiopia, Shades of Leisure in North Korea
2018 FDR Four Freedoms Park, New York City, The Gods of North Korea
2018 WALL POWER: Contemporary Australian Photography, Australian High Commission with Photo London
2018 Photo Israel, Tel Aviv, Searching for North Korea
2017 Urban Burqa at Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai, UAE
2017 Somerset House, London, Shades of Leisure in North Korea
2017 Urban Burqa, Michael Reid Sydney
2017 Intimate Perspectives on North Korea at FORMAT17, Dublin, via the Magnum Photography Awards
2016 Intimate Perspectives on North Korea, AngkorPhoto, Cambodia via the Magnum Photography Awards
2016 Miami Street Photography Festival at HistoryMiami Museum/Art Basel, USA

Recent selected awards/grants:
2019 Portrait of Humanity Award by BJP/Magnum Photos, winner
2018 Recipient of Reminders Photography Stronghold Grant, Tokyo
2018 Critical Mass Top 50, winner
2018 Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography, finalist
2017 ZEISS Photography Award, finalist
2017 FotoEvidence Book Award, New York, Finalist
2017 Felix Schoeller Award, Shortlist
2017 Eddie Adams Workshop
2017 Humanity Photo Award UNESCO/CFPA
2016 Magnum Photography Award for Intimate Perspectives on North Korea
2016 Miami Street Photography Festival in conjunction with Art Basel Miami, Finalist

Selected publications:
The Guardian / The Atlantic / VICE / BBC World / LensCulture / SPIEGEL / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / FotoEvidence / Süddeutsche Zeitung / World Photography Organisation Blog / Leica Magazine / ZEISS Lenspire / France Culture / Sydney Morning Herald / La Republicca / l’Oeuil de la Photographie / Vision (China) / Feature Shoot / PHmuseum / BJP