Jeff Moorfoot is a burned out advertising photographer with a bunch of letters after his name. He is the founder of the ‘free radicals’, co organiser of the ‘Homeless Gallery / Galeria Bezdomna’ in Australia, Former Vice President of the Victorian Division of the AIPP, and founder and former Festival Director of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale [formerly the Daylesford Foto Biennale] He is the editor of the online magazine BETA developments in photography. A progressive traditionalist dedicated to making pictures ‘about’ things instead ‘of’ things, he likes to take an opposing point of view on most matters. He lives at Lyonville in the Central Victorian Highlands of Australia in a house he designed and built himself.


He is the founder and former Festival Director of the BALLARAT International Foto Biennale [BIFB]. At the end of 2015 he retired as the driving force behind Australia's largest and most comprehensive International Festival of Photography, staged over one month every second year in the city of Ballarat in South Eastern Australia, just over one hour from Melbourne. In the course of six festivals, [the first two being held in Daylesford in 2005 and 2007 as the Daylesford Foto Biennale] he guided the BIFB to establish itself an International reputation in photographic circles across all disciplines - from Commercial to Fine Art, from Professional to Amateur, from technique to aesthetic.


Moorfoot is also founder of the free radicals, a non discriminatory photographic group for which membership is open to anyone with an interest in photography. There are no membership panels, performance criteria or vetting processes to go through to become a member. Membership costs AU$10 for life. Occasional ad hoc gatherings of members explore, debate or celebrate the art of photography. Since it's inception in 2002, free radical membership has grown to 850 plus members throughout Australia and the world. All monies raised are used to support worthy photographic causes.

BETA developments in photography

He developed the concept and is editor of the online photography magazine 'BETA developments in photography' produced in support of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. The first issue in 2012 featured a dozen artists whose work appeared in the 2011 festival. BETA has developed a reputation for quality and diversity with its image-rich portfolios by photographers from around the world. The format of BETA has evolved into a quarterly publication featuring four or five photographers in each issue and is distributed free of charge usually four times each year.


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Jeff Moorfoot OAM was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in the Queen's Birthday Honours List announced on June 12th 2017 for his services to the Visual Arts, specifically photography.