Russell is a freelance photographer based on the Gold Coast, Australia. 

His work has been published in many national magazines and newspapers, including Qantas Magazine, Gourmet Traveller, The Deal, Q Weekend, The Good Weekend, Time, Australian Traveller, Financial Review and The Weekend Australian magazine, the Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and in books by, among others, The Magnum Foundation, Australian Geographic, The Museum of Brisbane and The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

Awards include The Moran Contemporary Photographic prize (four times Finalist, 2007-2014), Black and White Photographer of the Year (Documentary, Finalist, 2015), National Photographic portrait prize (Finalist, 2011), Olive Cotton Exhibition (three times Finalist, 2006- 2013) and Walkley Award for Journalism (best news photograph, 1995)


Works in Collections include The Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah and The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.