Danielle Smelter is a Melbourne-based photographer with an interest in the manifestation of psychological states in our everyday lives. Building upon moments of rupture and disconnect in our relationships and environment, her work is often self-referential with a strong focus on the human condition.

Danielle’s body of photographic work has been exhibited in The National Photography Prize at MAMAlbury, the Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women, the Photobook Melbourne Photo Award, and various group shows around Melbourne. She is currently undertaking a Master of Arts (Photography) through Photography Studies College. 

Danielle also runs a creative studio offering services in arts writingphotography and web design.

Artist CV


2018 Master of Arts (Photography), Photography Studies College

2006 Master of Arts (Cultural Materials Conservation), The University of Melbourne

2000 Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts & Cultural Studies), Monash University 


2017 Sweet FA, Due West Festival, The Artists Guild Studio Exhibition: Tea and Sandwiches, Trocadero Art Space,Footscray 

2017 Giving Form, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray

2016-17 White ChristmasWonderland, Arnold Street Gallery, Bendigo 

2016 Subterranean, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne 

2016 MAMAlbury National Photographic Prize (finalist) 

2016 Make Space | Hold Space | Claim Space, Bluestone Church, Footscray 

2016 Photobook Melbourne Photo Award, Boyd School Studios, Melbourne

2015 Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women (finalist), Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda


Danielle Smelter, The Outlook You Gain Over Neighbouring Fences, in Another Look: Contemporary Artists and the Collection, Town Hall Gallery, Boroondara Arts, 2017

Danielle Smelter, Mother in Edition II - Sleepover Club, 2016, 

Susie Blake, Emily Raubenheimer and Danielle Smelter, Make Me Visible - 21st-century breastfeeding in Bubba West Magazine issue 4, pg. 5, 2015.

Danielle Smelter, Sunny Side Up, commissioned essay for Cristy Gilbert and Anna Simic, 2014.

Danielle Smelter, Sites of ExChange in Michael Shiell, Trace: Exploring Select Recent Documents, exhibition catalogue, 2011.

Danielle Smelter, Jill Orr: Works from the Wimmera, exhibition catalogue, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, 2010.

Danielle Smelter, Michael Shiell: Sites of ExChange, Times Four exhibition catalogue for Art is... elemental Festival, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, 2010.

Danielle Smelter, Photographer as Provocateur in Contemporary Indigenous Photography, exhibition catalogue, Horsham Regional Art Gallery,2010.


MAMA, MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize 2016 catalogue, Murray Art Museum Albury, 2016, pp. 37 & 59.

Danielle Smelter, Mother in Edition II - Sleepover Club, 2016, 

Benjamin Miller, Motherhood No Barrier to Creativity in Star Weekly, 20 April 2016 (Make Space | Hold Space | Claim Space exhibition). 

Maribyrnong News, Mothers explore concept of ‘space’ in new art exhibition, 19 April 2016 (Make Space | Hold Space | Claim Space exhibition). 

Susie Blake, Emily Raubenheimer and Danielle Smelter, Make Me Visible - 21st-century breastfeeding in Bubba West Magazine issue 4, pg. 5, 2015.

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