Stuart Spence started his career as a magazine photographer in Sydney in the 80’s and early 90’s, specialising in fashion and celebrity portraiture, principally shooting magazine features, record covers and advertising campaigns.
From 1986 till 1992 he toured an extensive black and white portrait exhibition called Salute, and in 1994 showed Lost In Face, a colour portrait series, again focusing on celebrity. Both
For three years, Spence produced weekly columns for the Sydney Morning Herald, and monthly columns for Qantas and Virgin in-flight magazines, each comprising of a story and photograph of a well-know Australian pop-culture figure.
He has also written and photographed personality pieces for GQ, W Magazine, Women's Wear Daily (NY), The New Scientist (UK), Australian Style, Rolling Stone, Juice, The Weekend Australian, The Good Weekend and Spectrum, as well as contributing regular travel columns for Australian glossy magazine, HQ.
In 2002/03 he was the travel editor of Sydney Scope, a free arts and culture-based magazine.
Spence has shot book covers for Allen and Unwin and Harper Collins publishers, received an Aria award for best album cover artwork, done extensive charity work, wears shirts of questionable taste, and when asked, thinks he does a hilarious Jack Nicholson impersonation