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Sam Ferris has been shooting on the streets of Sydney for more than 5 years. He is an organiser and co-founder of the AUSSIE STREET exhibition and competition, and is a member of SlowLight international collective. His work has been published in Photo Review Magazine, Capture Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, Fellow Traveller the magazine of China Rail, and as an Editor's selection on Lensculture.

Sam’s images have been exhibited in two featured street photography exhibitions at Head On Photo Festival in Sydney as well as in exhibitions in Europe, the USA, and UK. He has been a finalist and prize winner at Street Photo San Francisco, a finalist in Art and About’s ‘Australian Life’ Photographic Prize, as well as a finalist in Miami Street Photography Festival and Brussels Street Photography Festival. His ongoing project on living in Sydney entitled ‘In Visible Light’  was featured in the academic text ‘Photography as a Social Research Method’ (2016), and recently alongside Trent Parke and Jesse Marlow, Sam was one of three Australian street photographers selected for the book '100 Great Street Photographs' (2017), edited by David Gibson and released by Prestel Publishing. Sam holds an Honours degree in Arts and a Masters of Teaching. He is represented by Black Eye gallery, Sydney.


2018 - AUSSIE STREET, group exhibition featured at 2018 hEAdOn international photography festival, Art Space 541, Sydney. 2018

2018 - Italian Street Photography festival, Rome. Series category finalist.

2017 - OBSERVATIONS Festival,  'Down by the River' exhibition and competition finalist. Iserlohn, Germany. 

2017 & 2016 - San Francisco Street Photography Festival, finalist and Series Prize Winner (2016). 

2016 - All the lonely people group exhibition featured at 2016 hEAdOn international photography festival, Black Eye Gallery. 

2016 - Brussels Street Photography Festival, series finalist. Exhibition held at Galerie Ravenstein.

2015 -  Miami International Street Photography Festival, finalist exhibition at History Miami museum.

2015 - Art and About Sydney, ‘Australian Life’ finalist, Hyde Park, Sydney.

2014 - Urban Picnic International Street Photography Competition finalist, Third Floor gallery, London.


100 Great Street Photographs, 2017, Edited by David Gibson, Published by Prestel Publishing.

Photography as a Social Research Method, 2017, Sten Langmann, Springer Publishing, Singapore.


Lens Culture Editor's feature on In visible light.

Interview with Dani Oshi for BSPF (Brussels Street Photography Festival).

Interview with InQuadra collective.

'Breaking the Rules' collaboration with Canadian photographer Tatum Wulff for UPSP (Urban Picnic Street Photography).