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FEMME MAGNIFIQUE at The Jackman Gallery till 24 September

The concept for Femme Magnifique was born almost 4 years ago after I experienced burlesque for the first time.  

I was captivated by the beauty, strength and confidence of the performers; their innate ability to take their audience on a journey where the line between reality and fantasy is blurred.  

I was hooked.

Though the art-form has been making a profound resurgence in recent years, burlesque remains on the fringe with a small but growing and intensely dedicated following.  

I started to think that by capturing these performers, in character and full opulent costumes, on film, I could bring burlesque to a whole new audience - the art world.

I called award-winning burlesque performer and director of the Australian Burlesque Festival, Dolores Daiquiri, to talk through the concept and she was on board from day one.

As well as modelling for me in The Doyenne of Burlesque, Dolores put me in touch with many of the other incredible performers featured in this series.  Her support throughout this journey has been vital for me and I can't thank her enough.

I hope that Femme Magnifique works to shed light on the burlesque industry and showcase the talented artists who actively contribute to the vaudeville scene in Australia.

- Daniel Kneebone

Artist Bio:


Melbourne-born artist and photographer

If there is one thing I've developed over two decades photographing artworks and objects for auction houses Christies and Sotheby's, it's an obsessive eye for detail and composition.

I've photographed an enormous and diverse range of amazing objects over the years, and during that time my technical skills have been honed to a level bordering on military precision.  Or maybe closer to OCD...

But what I've found missing throughout this experience is the ability to express myself creatively.

Consider this my outlet.

I think the art of Burlesque so resonated with me because it's completely unrestrained - when there are no rules the creative possibilities are endless.

Femme Magnifique is my first major photographic series and I'm continuing to explore live performance art and the vaudeville scene in new works.

When I'm not behind the camera, I'm most likely at home with my wife and son in St Kilda, Melbourne.

2017   FEMME MAGNIFIQUE at the Jackman Gallery
2017   Ballarat International Foto Bienalle
2017   Tall, Dark & Art - Burlesque, Let Me Tease Group Exhibition
2016   Linden Gallery Postcard Show
2015   Vox Populi Art gallery for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale
2015   Ballarat Cabaret Festival, Mining Exchange


2017   Australian Professional Photography Awards - 1 Silvers
2017   International WPPI First Half Awards - 4 Silvers
2017   Finalist at the Contemporary Art Awards 2017
2017   Victorian Professional Photography Awards - 1 Gold, 1 Silver Distinction & 2 Silvers
2016   Finalist at the Contemporary Art Awards 2016
2016   Australian Professional Photography Awards - 3 Silvers
2016   Victorian Professional Photography Awards - 1 Silver Distinction & 2 Silvers
2015   Finalist at the Contemporary Art Awards 2015
2015   Winner of the Best Image of Ballarat International Foto Biennale Fringe Festival
2015   Australian Professional Photography Awards - 1 Silver Distinction & 1 Silver