Sydney-based Cybele Malinowski has firmly staked her claim at the fore of Australia’s photography industry with her bright, bold and unmistakable imagery capturing the collective worlds of fashion, music and advertising. Dividing her time between LA and Sydney over the last decade of her career Cybele’s portraits have appeared on the covers of dozens of national and international magazines, including many iconic images with some of the most high profile names in the Australian and American music, fashion and advertising worlds. With ad clients ranging from Mercedes Benz USA, eBay, Youtube to Bendigo Bank, Gumtree and Toyota. 

After 8 years working as a photographer, Cybele returned to art school at SCA, Sydney receiving an HD for her Masters series “Watching You, Watching You,” a filmic exploration of the relationship and mirroring process that occurs between the subject and their image within portraiture. Through placing a two way mirror between the camera and the subject, the subject is allowed to self-reflect, their image bouncing between themselves and their reflection, reiterating itself until there is a final break/release or disconnect. Like exiting a transcendental state, the subject must break their gaze, by looking away, closing their eyes, or in some cases being brought to tears.

Cybele’s Model-Maison series is a project of love and dedication that has seen Cybele shooting models in their bedrooms all over the suburbs of Sydney, LA, London, Ukraine and Shanghai.  The blog is an insight into the model’s worlds, while still retaining some of the fantasy of fashion. In a collaborative sense, Cybele works closely with each model to create a series of images in and around their homes. Cybele gives the model the freedom to style themselves and they work together on creating a world somewhere between fashion and realism. Despite the proliferation of social media, models remain an endless source of fascination and Model-Maison gives the consumer a rare look into their lives. Model-Maison has been almost 2 years in the making, but is set to be a sought-after and unique offering in a crowded digital space.

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Pages Digital, Yen Magazine, Marie Claire Australia, Wallpaper, Grazia, Frankie, Oyster, Cleo, Spin, Rolling Stone, Alarm Magazine, Good Weekend, Sunday Life, American Way, Monument, Stylist Fr

Head On Portrait Prize finalist 2011, shortlist 2012, 2009, 2008 Moran Prize finalist 2010, shortlist 2011, Soya Awards finalist 2010, 2009, Pedestrian Photo Award finalist 2012

2000-2001 Comm/Law UTS
2002-2006 BA Architecture/Design Usyd
2006 Photographic Assistant Blue Murder Studios (BMS) 2009- present Owner & Head Photographer BMS
2013- 2015 MSA SCA photography/film