Tajette O’Halloran (b. 1980) is an Australian conceptual documentary and portrait photographer who’s work centres around and the complexities of relationships in Australia’s suburban landscapes.
Tajette was raised on a hippie commune in Australia’s most renowned alternative region and later moved into a small town suburban setting at the age of thirteen. The contradictions of these starkly different environments and how they have shaped her identity in adulthood moved Tajette to begin her compelling ongoing series ‘In Australia’ which explores her grapple and fascination with suburbia and the intricacies of entrenched generational trauma.
In Australia draws on O’Halloran’s unconventional upbringing in both rural and suburban settings where the idealism and freedom or the counter culture hippie movement was intertwined with small-town boredom and social disadvantage.
She has exhibited her work extensively both nationally and internationally and has been awarded and short-listed for a number of photography awards, including the PH Museum Women's Photography Grant (shortlisted 2020), British Journal of Photography Portrait of Humanity Award (winner, 2019), the Doug Moran Portrait Prize (finalist, 2016–2019), and the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (honourable mention, 2016).
Her work has been featured in several Australian and international photography publications, both in print and online, such as the British Journal of Photography (UK), New York Times (USA), Fine Line Magazine (France), Modern & Contemporary Art (France), IGNANT (Germany) and C41 Magazine (Italy).
Tajette currently lives in the northern rivers of New South Wales, Australia and is a member of Oculi collective.