Christopher Köller trained as a silk-screen printer and then inspired by the Beat writers and an intense curiosity, travelled extensively throughout the late 1960s and ’70s. He returned to Australia to study photography at Prahran under Athol Shmith and John Cato, and after graduating lived in Japan where he took photos and became immersed in the world of Japanese gardens and bonsai from 1983-4.
Köller has held solo exhibitions of his photographs, installations and video works in various Australian cities and in Japan, England, Spain and Mexico. His work has been included in group-exhibitions in France, Italy, Spain, and throughout Australia. The Visual Arts Board has awarded Köller two grants and he has been accepted for four residencies, the most recent, in Barcelona in 2008. Köller’s work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the City of Monash, Griffith University, the Bibliotheque Nationale of France and the Sata Corporation Collection, Tokyo.
In 2002 Köller completed a Masters Degree in Fine Art at RMIT and he lectured in photography at the Victorian College of the Arts until 2009. Since the beginning of this year Köller has been focusing exclusively on his practice.