Pippa Samaya
Melbourne, VIC


The complexities of the human experience has intrigued my professional path toward the world of portraiture and international documentary/humanitarian work. Joining with USA based NGO One Voice, I traveled to remote villages in India and Nicaragua and Syrian Refugee camps in Greece. A specialisation in dance photography stemmed from the discovery that dancers provided a deeply empathetic physical vessel, which enabled me to communicate through external imagery the internal world of the human psyche. This lead on to extensive work in the contemporary dance industry in Australia, New Zealand and Europe working with leading companies and choreographers. My personal work in collaboration with dancers in outdoor landscapes across the world has further refined a unique visual language. This work has lead to a two time win in the international 60 second dance film competition (Denmark/Finland), an Australian Dance Award for excellence in dance on film, winner of best film at the FAD film festival in North Carolina (US), selected as a winner in the international Life Framer awards (Faces of life), exhibited finalist at the National Photography prize, Nominee for the International Fine Arts photography award and winner of best action shot and excellence in staged photography in the SALON exhibit at the Centre for Contemporary photography in Melbourne. Notable to much of this work is my collaborative film company The Samaya Wives, formed with Australian dancer Tara Jade Samaya. Using dance on camera as a medium, The Samaya Wives strive towards equality, wisdom, compassion and authentic connection.

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