John Ogden is the creator and sole director of Cyclops Press, an independent publishing house specializing in small edition art books that explore social issues in order to create awareness and discussion. Cyclops Press commenced business in 1999 with Australienation, a look at reconciliation in Australia through Ogden’s black and white photographs. In 2009, Ogden published Portraits from a Land Without People - the culmination of many years of research to create what is now regarded as the most comprehensive survey of the pictorial history of Aboriginal Australia yet produced. Phillip Adams described Portraits from a Land Without People as “a magnificent book as important a book as anything that’s been published in Australia for years.”
Saltwater People of the Broken Bays - A history of Sydney's Northern Beache
s, and the companion book Saltwater People of the Fatal Shore,
looking at the history of Sydney’s coast from South Head to Royal National Park, were awarded the 2013 biennial Frank Broeze Maritime History prize by the Australian National Maritime Museum. Slightly Dangerous
- a personal journal on the work, influences and inspirations of photographer John Ogden, will soon be followed by the novel Shibboleth – The Shaman's Apprentice.
Peter McConchie's Fire – The Story of Burning Country continues to draw praise.
Julie Janson, the author of The Crocodile Hotel - the latest release from Cyclops Press - has recently returned from Ireland where she attended the Listowell and Belfast Writers' Festivals.