Alastair McNaughton was born in Britain. He studied art before a career as an illustrator. His passion for photography led him to travel the world with his camera. After Africa and India, he arrived in Australia and spent two years living in the community of Coonana (Western Australia), where he took pictures illustrating scenes of daily life and Coonana's characteristic landscapes. He has since settled in Sydney, where he also pays tribute to the city in a number of series.