Dane Rhys is a New York-based photographer and producer originally from Fremantle, Western Australia. He documents the people and workspaces in America with a focus on the aging workforce, de-industrialization of America and the rapidly changing energy sector.
Prior to photography, he was a Human Resource Manager in the gold mining industry. He started his mining career as a metallurgical process technician, building, operating and maintaining pilot plants for various mine sites. He completing his studies in Human Resource Business Management and worked on the commissioning, operation, and closure of large-scale mining projects in Canada, Australia, and the United States. In 2013, he became HR Manager for the largest new gold mine in Canada and for the next four and a half years he lived and worked at two remote mines in British Columbia with regular travel to New York to develop his photographic practice. He moved to New York in 2017 when he was awarded the Directors scholarship at the International Center of Photography and subsequently graduated from their Creative Practice program and their Journalism and Documentary program. Since 2017, he has worked at the International Center of Photography (ICP) on various projects for the Teen Academy, Alumni Engagement, Photo Archive, 2018 Alumni Exhibit and is currently a Project CoOrdinator for the Education Department.