1946-49 on the road (hitch-hiking) with typewriter and camera, selling short stories and illustrated fact articles based on his experiences working with horses, cattle, professional fishermen out of Eden, fruit picking, road working gangs, hotel bouncer, travelling sideshows, sugar milling, cotton and woollen mills, etc.
1949-54 became editor of Outdoors & Fishing magazine, while continuing to freelance to a wide variety of Australian magazines. Became increasingly interested in photography, which was entirely self taught.
1954-72 resigned as editor to travel rural and outback Australia in a series of land rovers as a fulltime freelance photo-journalist. Lived exclusively from sales to such magazines as: Walkabout, Pix, People, Womens Weekly, Womans Day, Man, Everybody’s, The Bulletin, Wheels, Modern Motor, etc., plus newspaper illustrated supplements.
Also contributor to international magazines via agencies camera press and Black Star, including Life, National Geographic, Paris match, Epoca, Picture Post, Esquire, Merian.
1962-72 settled on a 45 hectare farm at Foxground on NSW near south coast. Continued travelling coastal and outback Australia, producing a wide range of illustrated magazine articles on the lifestyles of coastal and rural Australians. Wrote and illustrated seventeen books on his adventures and encounters.
1972-74 filmed, wrote and produced television series Wild Country for the Seven Network. At the 1974 Australian Film Awards, an episode won several awards, including Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Editing. The series later showed in ten overseas countries, following showings at the annual television festival in Cannes, France.
1975-80 Lived and worked in Spain and other European countries.
1981-85 Head teacher of photography at the Wollongong campus of the National Art School.
1985-90 Continued freelance magazine activities, travelling widely in outback Australia and Europe. Wrote and illustrated several more books.
1991 Showed work to Sandra Byron, then Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, who acquired the first group of his images for a public collection. Following this his works were acquired for the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia, The National Library of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Australian National Museum, The Powerhouse Museum, other major public institutions, corporate bodies and private collectors in Australia and overseas.
1992-2002 Continued to travel and photograph in Australia and Europe.
2004 Jeff Carter received the Australia Council’s Visual Arts/Craft Board emeritus award.
2005 A Retrospective of Jeff Carter’s black and white images was published by New Holland Press.