Simon Bernhardt studied Arts and Media photography at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Bernhardt first started his photographic career in Sydney, working as a photographic assistant for some of Australia’s top fashion and advertising photographers.
Soon after, Bernhardt began taking on his own photographic commissions.
Bernhardt has a reputation for highly technical skills in photography.
This combined with a quirky sense of humour and his eccentric personality, can be defined in his diverse and ongoing collection of personal and commissioned projects.
Having been interested in philosophy and Buddhism as a teenager, Bernhardt’s most inspiring moment as a photographer was meeting and photographing his Holiness the Dalai Liama, whose energy and presence has left a lasting impression on him.
In 2010 his first photographic publication was released entitled Polaroid Holiday, reflecting his creative obsession with the Polaroid format and capturing studies of stark urban alienation.
This exhibition toured over the next three-year period.
Bernhardt then continued to explore his fascination with the minutiae of the urban wilderness, searching for beauty in the most unlikely places.
Resulting in his second photographic publication released in 2012 entitled
Square Scapes, dedicated to the great Australian painter Jeffrey Smart