Robert McFarlane was born in Adelaide in 1942 and has been a documentary photographer for more than four decades – specialising in social issues and documenting performance in film and theatre, mostly within Australia.
He worked in London from 1969 to 1973, freelancing for the Daily Telegraph Colour Magazine, Art and Australia NOVA and the Sunday Times Colour Magazine.
For the past twenty years Robert has written critically on photography for the Sydney Morning Herald and a number of magazines from B+W to the Bulletin, Art & Australia, the Financial Review Magazine and Good Weekend.
His photographs are held in the permanent collections
of the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia and numerous private collections.
Robert McFarlane has been married twice – to the artist Kate Burness and the theatre director Mary-Ann Vale. He has two children: Morgan (1974-1994) and Billy (1990- )
He is represented by the Josef Lebovic Gallery in Sydney.