Gary Ramage did his training in the Australian Army Public Affairs Corps as a photographer and cameraman taking frontline images from his Army deployments in Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor and the Solomon Islands. He then ascended to the highest NCO rank in the Army’s Public Affairs Corps, Warrant Officer Class Two; from his decision to join News Corp as a photographer, to his coverage of Iraq and Afghanistan that won him multiple Walkley Awards including his 2012 win which was the first time the Best TV News Cameraman award had gone to a newspaper photographer; from the death-trails of Oruzgan and Helmand Provinces to his current position in Canberra as News Corp’s chief political photographer.
Canberra Writers Festival events
War and Peace through Australian Eyes
Friday 25th August 2017, 10:00am. Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75
About the book
Gary Ramage always has the same goal. The perfect shot. That one photograph that will show how the war is being fought, how it’s affecting those involved and the people that are living in it. It’s a job about highlighting the truth, through the clouds of dirt.
Most of the military conflict images that Australia has seen since the 1990s, have been taken by Gary Ramage. He has lived with the troops. He has come under fire. He has sat on Saddam’s toilet in Iraq and been in and out of Afghanistan more times than he can count.
The Shot gives us a rare glimpse into the realities of war and what it means to have the responsibility capturing it all in a photograph.
The Shot is written with Mark Abernethy, a journalist, novelist, ghostwriter and speechwriter. Currently with The Australian Financial Review, Mark has written for Inside Sport, Good Weekend and The Weekend Australian and is a former regular contributor at The Bulletin.
The Shot is published by Harper Collins.
Buy the book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.
Photography on the front line, ABC News, September 2016.
Gary Ramage on documenting Afghanistan, Clique.
Gary Ramage's profile at The Photography Room.
Review of The Shot by the Weekly Times.