Slightly Dangerous – The Cyclops Cypher celebrates forty years of photography by renown filmmaker, photographer, publisher and author John Ogden, and serves as a cypher to better understand his work. It is important to occasionally look in the rear vision mirror while hurtling headlong into the future, and Ogden’s thoughtful work reminds us what is lost in the rush.
Ogden’s career began as a photojournalist in Southeast Asia towards the end of the Vietnam War, later extending his practice to cinematography in multiple genres of filmmaking. His photographs are often direct yet quietly subversive, choosing not to shy away from political and social commentary, or provocative dark humour. In 1999 Ogden began Cyclops Press, an independent publishing house specializing in small edition art books that promote Australian photography, and has since published many award winning works.
John Ogden is the creator and sole director of Cyclops Press and began publishing in 1999 with his first book Australienation. Cyclops Press is an independent publishing house specializing in small edition, high quality books that promote Australian photography and art. Ogden’s personal story is told in Slightly Dangerous – The Cyclops Cypher(2013) and he has also contributed towards several other books, including WAR (2010), Cactus (2010), and Fire – the Story of Burning Country (2013).