Yvonne Todd is a South African-born, Australian-based photographer, print maker and artist who began her photographic career working commercially, in advertising, architecture and interiors. After almost fifteen years of serious study of the medium, she has experienced many genres and techniques with her camera.
She also has a strong love of the natural world, travelling extensively to capture endangered animals in the wild. Ms. Todd has matured as an artist over these many years and has found a calling in her wildlife work.
Ms. Todd began to make pictures in her teenage years, having the chance to study photography and train as a commercial photographer at the National College of Photography in Pretoria, South Africa. Her more recent photographic objectives are achieved with a combination of digital and analogue methods which enable her to produce prints in a variety of historical processes.
Each of her fine prints are unique states. They are printed in either platinum palladium, carbon or silver gelatin.
Although I now live in Australia, I was born and spent most of my life in South and Southern Africa.
I have photographed since I was a teenager. After obtaining a diploma in photography in 2005 I worked as a commercial photographer in Johannesburg. In more recent years my photography is more self-directed.
Coming from Africa I am naturally drawn to large, open spaces and wildlife. I have spent many years observing wildlife and I have witnessed similar qualities between us and wild animals.
But I have also noticed that in our development as a species we have become disconnected from nature. We have greatly impacted their world, a situation which we largely ignore.
With my photography I hope to create a visual legacy for another generation. When I create an image I am not only highlighting the beauty of an animal but also want to portray the fragility of their world.
I do this by using historical processes and substrates for printing.
I capture both digitally and on film. I print traditional silver gelatin prints as well as platinum palladium prints and carbon prints. I use lightweight Japanese papers and glass for my platinum and palladium and carbon prints.
National College of Photography, Pretoria, South Africa, 2005
March 2019, Print Exposed. Curated by Ellie Young. Gold Street Studio, Trentham, Victoria, Australia
December 2018, Head On Photo Festival tour. Pingyao International Photo Festival, China
February 2018, Shades of Black and White. Curated by Susan Burnstine. South East Centre for Photography, South Carolina, USA
October 2017, ArtSpace Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
August 2017, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia
February 2019, Issue 131, Black & White Magazine, USA