Vee Speers

Australian, 1962–present

Establishing a close relationship with the children she photographs, Speers works on her imaginary world where the children have precise roles with specific details. With serious and dramatic gazes, her subjects are posed in front of the same background, directed by Speers’s pedantic aesthetic vision, which undeniably stems from her studies in fine art and photography.

Throughout the series The Birthday Party (2007), Thirteen (2012), Bulletproof (2013), Speers explores the personalities of the children underneath the physical attributes and the given roles they play. Her ability to blur the line between real life and fantasy, the bizarre and beautiful, is the key to these timeless portraits. 

Speers’s images have been exhibited worldwide, and published on the the covers of major magazines such as Photo International, Images Magazine, ZOOM, Public Art, Genti de Fotografia, China Life magazine, BLINK, Fotomagazin Germany, Swedish Photo, The British Journal of Photography, The Sunday Times (UK), etc. Her work has been collected by Elton John, Michael Wilson, Lawrence Schiller, Carter Potash, Hoffman Collection, DZ Bank, Morten Viskum Collection, Museum 21C, Museum of fine Arts, Houston, and the Hudson Company Art Fund and many private collections. 

Speers’s monographs Bordello (EarBooks), The Birthday Party (Dewi Lewis) and Bulletproof (Kehrer Verlag) are available worldwide.