In 2003 Trent Parke began a road-trip around his native Australia, a monumental journey that was to last two years and cover a distance of over 90,000 km. Minutes to Midnight is the ambitious photographic record of that adventure, in which Parke presents a proud but uneasy nation struggling to craft its identity from different cultures and traditions. Minutes to Midnight merges traditional documentary techniques and imagination to create a dark visual narrative portraying Australia with a mix of nostalgia, romanticism and brooding realism. This is not a record of the physical landscape but of an emotional one. It is a story of human anxiety and intensity, which although told from Australia, represents a universal human condition in the world today.
At last the book, Minutes to Midnight is due for release this coming January. This Steidl book, 29.5 x 25 cm has 48 tritone plates over 96 pages. I've pre-ordered my copy on Amazon. You can do that HERE.
|Street scene, Wiluna WA 2004|
|Five-metre shark, Cottesloe Beach, WA 2004|
|Self portrait, Menindee, outback NSW 2003|
You can see more of this stunning work on the Magnum produced YouTube clip HERE
It seems that this new Steidl edition follows a previous less expansive 2005 publication, now out of print, from French publisher Filgranes editions. You can see more on the PHOTOBOOKSTORE page HERE, which includes a video flip through of the book.