John Rodsted

Photo & Expedition Leader

John’s career spans 40 years in the photographic industry. Originally trained as a commercial photographer, he has impacted the world of imagery from the moment he set up his own studio in Melbourne at 22. 

Today, he is not only known for his award-winning work as a photojournalist of communities at risk, but also for his artistic and written work. 

Over the last 30 years, the world has been his focal point and his life has been spent as a true gypsy wandering the world and making an impact.

John has over 200 expeditions in the polar regions under his belt. 

Biography

  • A key member of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  • Official photographer to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  • Has completed over 100 trips in both the Arctic and Antarctic as guide and Expedition Leader since 2003
  • Part of Australian Government delegation to the United Nations in Geneva for the Meeting of States Parties to the Landmine Ban Treaty 2006
  • Appointed Adjunct Professor of Photojournalism 2008, Griffith University
  • Author and photographer of six books, the latest covering the modern dangers of bombs from World War II in the Pacific
  • Parachute instructor and a stuntman for films and commercials
  • Stunt double to the “Blue Power Ranger”
  • Avid skydiver with over 3,500 jumps to his credit
  • Work exhibited globally in venues including:
○ The Sydney Opera House
○ The Royal Geographical Society
○ United Nations
○ The Hague
○ The Smithsonian Institute

His work is quickly becoming collectible for its importance in both the Landmines and Cluster Munitions Treaties, in addition to the stunning nature of his artistic pieces and large format landscapes.

He now specialises in black and white, panoramic landscapes while still capturing the world’s trouble spots.