Kerry Dundas, son of artist Douglas Dundas, gained an interest in photography as a student at Sydney Grammar. After leaving school he worked for various studios, including Max Dupain’s in the 1950s. In the 1960s Dundas worked in the UK as a photojournalist, drawn to subjects of social upheaval such as the Notting Hill Gate riots.
He returned to Sydney in 1967, and published a book of photographs of New Guinea subjects in 1969. In 1972 he was appointed photographer at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Throughout the course of his career he was afforded the opportunity to photograph many contemporary artists from the second half of the 20th century.