Brock Elbank knew he wanted to make his living taking pictures. After going through art school, he has worked with clients like Nike, Coke, San Pellegrino, Toyota and Dove and in 2004 his Snickers campaign won a prestigious advertising industry award.
For nearly a decade Brock lived in Sydney where his work became more art-based, moving away from commercial work in favour of a more studied approach to portraiture and still-life photography. He is fascinated by the private stories behind public faces. For him, distinctive features, the freckles, scars, beards and tattoos describe a personality and a life.
Brock Elbank’s photographic portraits focus on particular features that unite a cross-section of people while simultaneously revealing their individuality. His most well-known body of work stems from an ongoing collaboration with melanoma prevention charity Beard Season.
In 2015 Elbank’s portraits of 80 bearded subjects were exhibited at Somerset House – drawing nearly 40,000 visitors in just over three weeks and generating over £1.75M in press worldwide for the show and more importantly the charity.
Freckles followed Beard and was completed in the Autumn of 2016, the series attracted a global audience with over 6,500 people applying for the 175 places. People from all over the world travelled to sit for his series which featured subjects from far-a-field as Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Kuwait, Australia and the U.S. to name but a few.
Brock is now in production for Scars his latest personal portrait series after Vitiligo, as well as being commissioned by a UK skin charity to produce thirty portraits for a European exhibit that exhibited last Spring. His current Portrait series, Scars, has continued to attract a global audience and subject matter alike from N & S America, Australia and mainland Europe, which he aims to complete in the Spring of 2021.