Derek Henderson creates imagery of natural beauty and classical elegance, selecting bespoke photographic approaches for each of his subjects. Henderson is an impressively diverse photographer who maintains his vision across the genres of fashion, architecture and interiors, still life, landscape and portraiture. After spending twenty years living and working in London, Los Angeles, and New York, he has been an important figurehead of the Australian and New Zealand photography community. Henderson’s editorial work is seen internationally in publications including Arena Homme +, Holiday, i-D, Mastermind, Pleasure Garden, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Australia, World of Interiors and WSJ. Magazine. His advertising clients include Aesop, Bassike, Dinosaur Design, Jurlique, Karen Walker, Le Vignerons de Champagne, Paspaley, Rodd & Gunn, and Wrangler.
Derek has created major independent bodies of work that explore and narrate the rich natural landscapes and communities of Australia and New Zealand. His projects The Terrible Boredom of Paradise and Mercy Mercer explore his New Zealand homeland, prompted by memories of his childhood. Both projects have been exhibited internationally and are published in book form. In his most recent project—Paradise Lost— Henderson has created a fantastical character that represents organic and political colonization, appearing within the stunning landscapes of the island of Fiji. Darkness of Noon is a book collaboration with illustrator Kelly Thomson, and together they have created a compelling study of the New Zealand model Zippora Seven. He is currently working on several new book and exhibition projects in Australia and New Zealand.