Dr Craig CJ Taylor

Digital Content Coordinator (Web Transformation)

Office of Communication, Marketing and Engagement

+61 8 82013250
place Function Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

CJ Taylor joined Flinders University in 2017 in a professional role to develop innovative ways to communicate research engagement through the Web Transformation Project, a platform of the university’s Making A Difference: The 2025 Agenda.

CJ is a visual artist, academic and digital creative whose art practice examines notions of beauty and the grotesque in an Australian vernacular. His work examines the intersections and productions of time, hyperreality and affect within the photographic image.

Exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the National Portrait Gallery’s National Photographic Portrait Prize, the Eighth Biennial CCP Documentary Photography Award, William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, FurtureGen at FotoFreo, Hatched at PICA, the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China, Art Central, Hong Kong, ArtVerona & Arte Fiera, and the 36th Asolo Art Film Festival, Italy.

Having worked with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Enterprises & New Media Divisions, he was the stills photographer for the Yolngu peoples’ project ‘12 Canoes‘ from 2007–2008 and a contributor to ‘Still Our Country‘ in 2013. In 2014 he won the inaugural Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize, in 2017 the biennial Whyalla Art Prize. His work is associated with Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, .M Contemporary, Sydney, and Galleria Marcolini, Italy.

‘Taylor is creating works that look at how history, time and place can be present all at once in any given moment.’- Jane Llewellyn, Adelaide Review, December 2017.

CJ lives in and works towards preserving remnant bushland in South Australia. His work is about the connection between flora, fauna, history and contemporary challenges, social and political, when caught between events and phenomena. It is intimately about time. Slippery sensations of duration and place charged with beauty and danger.


PhD, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra.
BA (Hons 1), South Australian School of Art, SA.

Honours, awards and grants

36th Asolo Art Film Festival, Italy (finalist)

Whyalla Art Prize 2017 (winner)

Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture (finalist)

Adelaide Parklands Art Prize 2014 (winner)

National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (finalist)

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (finalist)

Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award (finalist)

Biennial CCP Documentary Photography Award (finalist)

Dr Harold Schenberg Art Prize, Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (finalist)

ANU School of Art EASS Patrons Higher Degree Research Award

ArtsSA Independent Makers and Producers Grant 2014

ArtsSA Independent Makers and Producers Grant 2015

Australia Council ArtStart Award

University of South Australia Medal

Research expertise
Art theory and criticism
Visual Art
Research interests

Temporality; Intersections of cinema and photography; dimensional photography; history of photography; 19th Century Wet Plate Collodion; Stereoscopic photography; Peri-rural Australian post-colonial occupation; bioavidity; elastic photography; image multimodalities; Bergson-Deleuze; reanimation of the archive; expanded photography in the Australian landscape.



Education & Lecturing

  • PhD, School of Art & Design, Australian National University, Canberra
  • University of South Australia
  • Sydney College of the Arts
  • Australian Centre For Photography, Paddington, Sydney

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