From 1963 to 1964 he studied architecture at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. From 1965 to 1974, he established a commercial photography studio in Sydney and worked widely in advertising, fashion, magazine editorial and theatre. He also worked on numerous short films as a cinematographer. In 1971 he won a special award for lighting, at the Australian Film Awards, for ‘The Widow.’
He began exhibiting as a still photographer from 1972, firstly in Sydney, Australia. In 1974 and 1977 he was awarded a Visual Arts Board Travel Grant, from the Australia Council for the Arts, with a program of intensive travel and work in the United States. He moved to Los Angeles permanently in 1977.
In 1980 he secured a Photographers' Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. From 1983 he undertook editorial assignments for American and international publications in the U.S. and abroad, including: Harper's Bazaar, Esquire, Fortune, Westways, House and Garden, Architectural Digest, Interiors, Vanity Fair, Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Traveller, L.A. Style, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Architecture, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel & Leisure, and Interview (magazine).
Mudford was the subject of episode six of the television series 'Visual Instincts' (Artemis International, 1989).
In 1990 and 1991 he photographed extensively throughout the U.S. for an exhibition of the work of architect Louis Kahn, organized by Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In 2005, a photograph of Phillips Exeter Academy Library, designed by Louis I. Kahn, was one of twelve photographs selected for the commemorative stamp program.
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