Street photography for me is like an addiction. And with any addiction there are highs and lows. It is also about inserting yourself into a situation and becoming invisible. Observing people, their interactions, shapes, movement, colours, light and shadows. It’s about ‘seeing’ these things and capturing them. What I love most is to lose myself in my invisibility and meld into the scene. It’s almost a fugue-like state, like I’m not there, or like a fly on the wall, or wearing an invisibility cloak. And this state is what fuels the addiction.
Julia Coddington is a photographer from Australia who practices street and documentary photography.
She is co-founder of the Unexposed Collective (with Rebecca Wiltshire), a platform and community for Australian women, non-binary and intersex street photographers. She is also an administrator of @womeninstreet, a large international community of women street photographers.
Julia’s work has been exhibited internationally and she has been a finalist in international street photography competitions. She has exhibited her work in Australia and overseas and has been featured in street photography magazines and interviewed on several photography podcasts.
Julia has judged a number of photography festival competitions over the years, including Miami Street Photography Festival, Street Foto San Francisco, the Italian Street Photography Festival, the Istanbul Street Photography Festival and The Wall 2021.
She has also curated several exhibitions, including 'Exposed' at the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney 2019, 'Two Way Street' in San Francisco 2019, 'Double Trouble' at Head On in 2020 and 'Double Exposed' at the Indian Photo Festival in 2020 and Head On in 2021.
She has three adult children, two sausage dogs, and Gerry, and lives in Austinmer, New South Wales. She can’t quite get enough travel and adventure in her life.
Julia's photographic style has been inspired by the many things that have shaped her as a human being: her exposure to the natural world and animals from an early age; a close, loving family and community; exposure to generosity, kindness and intimacy; her love of art, design and music; exploration of places and people around the world; and the uniqueness of the Australian environment with its strong light, distinctive colours and clear blue sky.
All of those life experiences influence the way she sees and are reflected in her images.
Julia's style has changed over the years but is also very much dependent on, and influenced by the environment in which she is working. Some of her images are very clean, without clutter that stand out for their colour, shapes and movement, and which use the blue sky to create a background across which colourful shapes float.
Others are very full and alive. In places like India she loves the challenge of capturing emotion and filling the frame with as many faces and hands as possible. Some of her images play with perspective to create weirdness and to perplex the viewer.
In recent years Julia has worked to promote the work of women street photographers. She has worked with Casey Meshbesher, founder of Women In Street to build that platform into a strong international community of women street photographers.
Early in 2018 Julia and Rebecca Wiltshire formed a collective of women, non-binary and intersex street photographers called the Unexposed Collective, based in Australia.
The creation of both those groups was a response to the domination of the male voice in street photography and reflects our determination that as street photography grows in popularity, women are not left behind, either as a consequence of casual or institutional sexism or as a consequence of our own fears about putting our work and ourselves forward.
Since the formation of these groups, similar groups have formed and the quality of work produced by women is now amongst the best in the world.
Nominee for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2020
Honorary Membership Calcutta School of Contemporary Photography November 2019
Prize Winner, Brussels Street Photography Festival October, 2019
Prize Winner, London Street Photography Festival, August 2019
Finalist, Street Foto San Francisco, June 2018
Finalist, Aussie Street Competition - Head On Sydney, May 2018
Prize Winner, Aussie Street Competition - Head On Sydney, May 2018
Finalist, Italian Street Photography Festival, April 2018
Vision 2020 - Head On Festival 2021
Women Street Photographers Exhibition New York December 2019 and December 2018
Women Street Photographers Exhibition @fotoartfestival in Bielska-Bialo, Poland, October 2019
Womens Street Photographers Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, August 2019
Womens Street Photographers Exhibition, Sofia, May 2019
Curator, 'Two Way Street' exhibition of diptychs by Women in Street photographers, Street Foto San Francisco, June 2019
Curator of 'Exposed' - an exhibition of works by the Unexposed Collective at the Head On Festival, May 2019
Loud and Luminous, Contact Sheet Gallery, April-May 2019
Head On 2019 - Solo Exhibition, May 2019
Street Sans Frontieres Exhibition, Paris, May 2018
Judge, Street Foto San Francisco, June 2019
Judge, Italian Street Photography Festival, Rome April 2019
Judge, Miami Street Photography Festival, December 2018
Guest Presenter and workshop leader, Street Photo Milano, May 2018
Guest Speaker, Loud and Luminous, Melbourne, March 2018
'The Pool' Bump Books, September 2020
Eyeshot Magazine, Fashion edition, November 2019
World Street Photography Volume 5 June 2018
Women of Street Photography and Women of Street Photography World Map (curated by Casey Meshbesher)
Streethunters Women Street Photographers You Should Follow on the Web by Spyros Papaspyropoulos
Shooter Files 30 More Top Instagram Accounts to Follow for Street Photographers by F.D. Walker
Lensculture 2016 - 111 New Street Photography Discoveries - Selection and text by Jim Casper
The Wedding Street Podcast -Episode 10 - with Dan Morris and Rob Edge 2 May 2021
Interview with Julia Coddington Street PhotoTip by Michael Kowalczyk Sept 2019
Australian Street Photographer Julia Coddington In conversation With Raj Sakar 121 Clicks August 2019
Interview with Julia Coddington by In Street Collective January 2019
Julia Coddington Interview with The Documentary Department, October 2018
PHOTO 216: How to be a fearless photographer with guest Julia Coddington - So You Want to Be a Photographer Podcast with Gina Milicia and Valerie Khoo
Outerfocus Podcast No. 19 with Ian Weldon and Bradley Hanson June 2018
Julia Coddington-Sydney Interview with Nicole Struppert, Women In Photography April 2018
Pildoras de Calle: Julia Coddington - La Calle Es Nuestra, March 2018
'Exposing the Unexposed: An Interview with Australia's Freshest Street Collective' by Dan Ginn April 2018
Under the blue sky of Australia by Jeff Chane-Mouye October 2017
The Submarine - DIAFRAMMA - Julia Coddington, Beach by Nicolò Piuzzi April 2017
'Get Low Down Under' for 'Her Side of the Street' by Casey Meshbesher December 2016