Dean Saffron is First nations Australian freelance documentary photographer / filmmaker, with a solid commercial history including Shell, Billabong, Jacobs Creek , St hugo wines , Young Care, Salvation Army, GPT group, Leighton Property Group, Outrigger Resort chain , Mantra and Brisbane Convention Centre. 2007 saw him become involved with aidwork projects and travel extensively to document programs in conjunction with World Food Program, UNICEF and UNHCR. Vastly different from his previous briefs, this work throughout Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar border and East Timor encouraged Dean to enter the world of photojournalism. In 2013 Dean started film making and he has enjoyed the transition into a whole new form of visual story telling which has won him numerous International film festival accolades .
Dean has enjoyed five solo exhibitions, three collective exhibitions and his eye care images were used to open the World Congress of Optometry in South Africa. Dean's solo exhibition at the national gallery of human rights Mexico city covering the informal waste pickers has become part of a national drive to change in current laws .
Dean’s work has appeared in numerous publications including : The New York Times; National Geographic Traveller (China) ; Geographical ; The Australian Geographic ; Black & White Magazine ; German Stern. de ; The New Internationalist White Horses ; The Examiner; The Griffith Review ; The Sydney Morning Herald; The Australian ; The Australian Broadcasting Commission ; AP & AAP Newswires and Corbis images to name a few.
Dean’s success may be attributed to respecting the responsibility of being a global citizen, appreciating the privilege of being invited into people’s lives and an insight into the impact of sharing such moments captured through the lens.