“Minutes to Midnight is an apocalyptic book, but they are real documents, they’re real events, real moments in time that have happened,” explains Magnum photographer Trent Parke. Shot over the course of two years and covering over 90,000 km, Minutes to Midnight is a seductively dark, black and white, enigmatic narrative of Parke’s homeland of Australia. 

“Minutes to Midnight is an apocalyptic book, but they are real documents, they’re real events, real moments in time that have happened,” explains Magnum photographer Trent Parke. Shot over the course of two years and covering over 90,000 km, Minutes to Midnight is a seductively dark, black and white, enigmatic narrative of Parke’s homeland of Australia. “I’m always trying to channel those personal emotions into my work. That is very different from a lot of documentary photographers who want to depict the city more objectively. For me it is very personal – it’s about what is inside me. I don’t think about what other people will make of it. I shoot for myself,” says Parke. Paying close attention to light, many of the images that comprise Minutes to Midnight expose rare moments where extraordinary light conditions assist in giving the photographs surreal and otherworldly qualities. With one particular image, Parke stood on the same street corner three or four times a week at a certain time of day for a month and shot over 100 rolls of film until he caught that one special image. Being sure he was getting what he wanted and also to assist in finding certain ideas to focus more on while on the road, Parke would develop his film daily in caravan parks, in the bush or wherever he could. Published by Steidl, Minutes to Midnight is a carefully crafted photography book with a gorgeous clothbound cover and is highly popular among collectors; both released editions have sold out quickly.

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