This week we pay tribute to Australian photographer Paul Barbera. Mainly working in lifestyle and interiors, his ability for sculpting natural light has made him a household name, boasting an impressive client-list, including high rollers like Nike, Coca-Cola and Ikea.  

Elle Decoration SACurrently residing in New York, Paul describes his work as a reportage style spanning from cultural anthropology to luxury living – striving to capture his subjects’ complexity and emotional honesty through a minimalistic approach. Preferring natural light, he avoids overly complicated technical arrangements that he believes allows for authenticity and the opportunity for surprise. Leading global publications like Vogue Living and our American counterparts Elle Decor are all lining up to work with him.

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Along with Paul’s numerous commissions he has also found time for personal projects; the most well know being Where They CreateStarting life initially as a blog, the images have been collated and published as a book thanks to the interest and support of Frame Publishers.

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This ongoing project documents through images creative working spaces from across the world, capturing small details of people’s personal stories and artistic processes. What makes the project unique is Paul’s curiosity and his ability to transmit emotions and warmth into his photographs.

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Visit the Where They Create website,

More projects worth exploring are Paul’s Love Lost project and, for some light entertainment, Where They Purr, Paul’s amusing and infinitely scrollable Instagram side project featuring lovable cats from around the globe.

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LIKED THIS? Then you’ll love more snaps of Where They Create from our earlier feature on Paul and be inspired by the elegant images of British photographer Jake Curtis.