Biography

In the mid 1960’s Susie grew up on a coffee plantation in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea, 'Gumanch Plantation' - named after the river running through it. 

The youngest of four daughters, Susie had an exotic childhood, experiencing the early days of the coffee industry in the recently discovered highlands of PNG.  Witnessing first contact with the western world, for the remote highlander tribes.

In the mid 1970’s during proceedings of independence in PNG, Susie's mother Caroline took her daughters to Sydney for the opportunity of a better education. Susie’s father, local legend Dick Hagon stayed behind to run Gumanch Plantation, and has remained in PNG to this day.

Check out the short documentary about my life in PNG.

PNG History from Susie Hagon on Vimeo.

 

Susie’s passion for photography began when she was just a teenager. Soon after finishing school she went straight into working as a photographer’s assistant in professional studios around Sydney.  She also worked as a B&W film and print darkroom assistant.

Susie moved from Sydney to live on an avocado farm near the Byron Bay Hinterland to raise her family.  During this time she continued her education at Southern Cross University in Lismore.  She successfully completed her BA in Visual Arts, majoring in art history, painting and photography. 

Susie has been working as a professional photographer for over 23 years, specialising in photographing people and events. 

Susie has just completed a major exhibition of portraiture, shown in Sydney, Canberra and Egypt. This work has being compiled into book form and was published by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), launched in Novemember 2011.

From 2010-2014 Susie worked on a major project shooting only B&W large format film with her Linhoff 5x4 vintage camera, all the work was hand processed by Susie and printed with master printer Chris Reid of Blanco Negro darkroom.

The work was exhibited in 2014 at Blanco Negro, Alexandria SYDNEY, the body of work is called 'Van Diemans Light' some of the work can be viewed in the exhibition section in Vimeo video format. 

 

Curriculum Vitae

Superfine Studios, Darkroom assistant

Wattle St, Ultimo, Sydney 1980.

Allen Nye Fashion Photographer, studio assistant, Clarence St, Sydney 1980

Olgiivie and Mather Advertising Agency, studio and darkroom assistant

Miller St, Nth Sydney 1981

Peter Luxton Studios, Still Life Master photographer, studio assistant, Kent St, Sydney 1982 

Grant Matthews fashion photographer, Follow Me Magazine, studio assistant 1986 

Paris Fashion Week 1986 HERO magazine

Lived and worked in Paris as freelance photographers assistant 1986

Southern Cross University Graduation Bachelor of Art Degree 1990.

Started as a freelance photographer 1994 specialising in events and portraiture 

Solo Exhibitions 2008 - 2014

'Van Diemans Light' Tasmanian Landscape and Portrait Exhibition, Blanco Negro 2014

"In The House Of The Muses" book launch, Wagner Galleries November 2011

Portraiture exhibition in collaboration with Artist Darian Zam 

“In The House Of The Muses”

ABC headquarters, Harris St, Sydney, April 2009.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt Oct 2008.

Egyptian Embassy Canberra, July 2008

Egyptian Consulate Sydney, May 2008

Solo portrait exhibition Art House Gallery 2000

PNG artifact and photography exhibition, in association with Souther Cross University 1992

Group Exhibitions

Southern Cross University Graduate group show 2009

HEAD ON portrait prize 2006 (finalist)

HEAD ON (semi finalist) 2007-2008

Cross Projections 2005 and 2006

Graduate exhibition Southern Cross University1993

Group exhibitions Southern Cross University 1990 - 1992

 

Magazines , features and private commissions

Woman's Day feature story, portraits Dec 2010

New Idea features 2005- 2007

Adele Perry 50th Birthday, with an international guest list, hosted by the Marhrana of Udaipur 2007, this included two weeks of traveling and documenting the 50th birthday celebrations at the Maharanas Palaces in Rajasthan, Northern India. 

New Idea series of four Feature Story's, 50 years in Australian Television (portraits of TV legends) 

American Australian Association (AAA) website, Grandball and events 2004 (AAA in house photographer 2004)

Ten day event, Toronto International Film Festival 2004 (covered for the New York Post) 

New York fashion week 2002 -2003

Radio 2UE, Sydney Olympics 2000

Vogue Australia freelance events photographer 1998- 2000

POL magazine Italian lifestyle and travel features 1999 covering the Umbria and Veneto Regions of Italy, specializing food and wine.

Woman’s Weekly Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival and Fashions on the Field 1998

HELLO Magazine feature, Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival and Fashions on the Field 1998

Mercedes International Fashion Week 1997 to 2000

Paris Fashion week Chanel and Collette Dinnigan show and after party's 1996 

Harpers Bazaar freelance events photographer 1995 to 1997

Private parties including Brian Brown and Sam Neil 50th Birthday bash 1996

High profile Weddings in Sydney and overseas 1993 to 2010

David Jones in house photographer, fashion parades and events 1997 to 2000 

Adele Perry two week 50th Birthday Bash in Rajasthan INDIA 2006