October 20th, 2014
Vendetta Films in Auckland, are a film distributor bringing independent films from all around the world to Australia and NZ. They have just announced the release date (to selected NZ cinemas) as 6th November 2014 for the fantastic documentary Finding Vivian Maier.
Who is Vivian Maier? A mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs from the 1950s to the 1980s that went unseen until recently. Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.
Find out more about the film and watch the trailer at: http://www.vendettafilms.co.nz/Findingvivianmaier
Below are all the NZ screening locations.
October 15th, 2014
You are warmly invited to meet our inaugural artist-in-resident, internationally-renowned Christian Thompson at the brand new Te Whare Hēra gallery space; a stunning gallery suite at the prow-end of the Clyde Quay Wharf Development, in Wellington harbour.
Free and open to the public, tea and biscuits will be provided.
The first artist-in-residence, Christian Thompson, is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work explores issues of identity, cultural hybridity and history. He is an Inaugural Charlie Perkins Scholar and one of the first Aboriginal Australians to be accepted into the University of Oxford in its 900-year history, where he is currently reading for a Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art) at Trinity College. His multidisciplinary practice engages media such as photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound.
Thompson came to prominence in Australia in the late nineties and his work is primarily focused on the performative exploration of identity. In his performances and photographic works he inhabits a range a personas achieved through hand-crafted costumes and carefully orchestrated poses and backdrops.
Thompson’s artistic practice has been informed by his absorption of a wide range of cultures in his youth. Interweaving traditional or vintage props with elements of pop culture and garish touches from the 1980s, he is known for his subtle references to land and culture of the Bidjara people. His work provocatively explores a myriad of themes from the sensorial replication of childhood memories of the Australian desert hinterland, the critical parody and deconstruction of the identity of the artist, and the mythology of landscape.
Thompson has been included in such exhibitions as unDisclosed, 2nd National Indigenous Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra;Collection, Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain; Hijacked III, QUOD Gallery, Derby, UK; Shadow life Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand; The Beauty of Distance / Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney; Cultural Warriors, National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (touring). Thompson’s work is held in major public and private collections including Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.
Don’t forget you are also warmly invited to join us for Christian Thompson’s artist lecture tomorrow evening (16 Oct) at 6pm at the Te Ara Hihiko Creative Arts Building, Massey University Wellington.
The Te Whare Hēra gallery space sits at the prow end of the new Clyde Quay Wharf Development (formerly known as the Overseas Passenger Terminal) — an inspirational setting overlooking Wellington’s beautiful harbour.
For more information on the residency programme see
For more information on Christian Thompson see
October 9th, 2014
John B Turner, Director of Turner PhotoBooks, Auckland/Beijing is delighted to announce that among the artists they now represent in China, two gained top awards at the 2014 Pingyao International Photography Festival, 19-25 September, held in Shanxi Province.
Martin Hill (born London 1946), who along with Ian Macdonald and Craig Potton, were featured in the exhibition ‘To Save a Forest… Photographs by leading New Zealand conservationists: Martin Hill, Ian Macdonald and Craig Potton’ curated by John B Turner, gained an ‘Excellence Award’ in the outstanding foreign photographers category. And Wang Qing (born Jiangsu Province, China, 1975), a Chinese documentary photographer, won a significant monetary prize at Pingyao for her ‘Rituals of Life’ essay on Turpan’s Muslim community, which recently won international attention through a New York Times feature re-titled ‘ In Restive Remote China, Uighurs’ Piety and Peace’.
“We are so pleased with the response to our work,” Martin Hill and his artistic partner Philippa Jones said after the award, “and we noticed that the judges found it extraordinary.”
“Most of the concerned photographers are showing in their work the ecological predicaments in our modern world,” Martin Hill noted. “However, in our work we are trying to portray solutions to, for example, the issue of climate change. We are very pleased and proud to have received this award.”
Martin and Philippa noted how well the festival was run with the help of Ms Amy Liu’s volunteers who provided invaluable help and translations day and night, and allowed them to share their ideas with Chinese photographers, curators and editors concerned with the urgent ecological issues they address in their work.
A three-hour seminar by the three New Zealand photographers was attended by over 70 people, mainly in the younger age group, and many also expressed their hope of visiting and studying in New Zealand.
In addition to meeting outstanding Chinese photographers such as Lu Guang, they expressed their delight at meeting so many other foreign visitors from Germany, England, Australia, North America and elsewhere.
In December, Martin and Phillipa will visit Antarctica to complete their Fine Line project begun in 1995, consisting of 12 ephemeral sculptures made on high points connected by a line encircling the earth.
About Martin Hill:
Martin Hill (New Zealand), winner of Excellent Foreign Photographer Award, 2014 Pingyao International Photography Festival.
Martin Hill born 1946 London, UK, educated at High Wycombe University of art and design. Worked as a designer in London, Nairobi, Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand, founding a design company and winning several national and international awards. In 1992 began making environmental sculpture works. The photographs of these ephemeral sculptures made in collaboration with his partner Philippa Jones published and exhibited internationally. A book of his photography titled Earth to Earth published 2007 carried writing from leaders in sustainable practice. A film of Hill’s art practice made in 2010 titled A Delicate Canvas. Watershed exhibition examining the water cycle and climate change exhibited at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, Melbourne 2014. Works in progress include the Fine Line Project begun 1995: 12 ephemeral sculptures made on high points connected by a line encircling the earth. Hill and Jones were selected by Antarctica NZ for the Artists to Antarctica Programme for December 2014. www.martin-hill.com
©Martin Hill: Diamond Lake Ice Circle. Midwinter ice cut from lake. Sculpture diameter 1300mm.2011. Diamond Lake, Wanaka, New Zealand
‘To Save a Forest…. Photographs by leading New Zealand conservationists: Martin Hill, Ian Macdonald and Craig Potton’, curated by John B Turner for the Pingyao International Photography Festival 19 to 25 September 2014.
Visit here for background info on this exhibition.
Auckland Festival of Photography: Asia Pacific Photoforum open call + Sponsorship Associate opportunity
October 9th, 2014
This news from the Auckland Festival of Photography:
Asia Pacific Photoforum – Open call
International exhibition presentation submissions are open for established artists.
Our partners in Thailand are now seeking work from Asia and overseas, including NZ, for documentary photography work, Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival are looking for in depth documentary work from Asia or on Asian communities overseas. They show prints, documentaries and multi-media – http://cdaf.asia/submissions-2015/ this link has a submission form.
And across the Tasman in Australia, our Sydney partner, Head On Festival, are open for submissions, see their website for details – applications close on 12th October.
Now launched is the new Asia Pacific Photoforum website, for this collaborative network of professionally delivered photography Festivals who work co-operatively towards the promotion of photography and photographic art throughout Asia, Australasia and the Pacific rim through the exchange of ideas, artists, support and cross promotion between member festivals. Like our Asia Pacific Photoforum facebook page too!
Sponsorship Associate opportunity
After eleven successful Festivals, we have established the Auckland Festival of Photography as the premium photographic event in New Zealand, and grown and developed a number of unique events, competitions and commissions within our programme as well as growing an international network of partner Festivals across the Asia Pacific.
We are now seeking the services of a dynamic individual to concentrate and further develop our fundraising, stakeholder support and commercial sponsorship. Due to a ongoing sustainability drive we are looking to expand our income to match our workload and proven track record of success. This Sponsorship Associate opportunity is envisaged as a volunteer position, with time commitment and honoraria level to be negotiated. If you fit the bill, have a proven track record, and think you have what it takes to move our festival to the next level, then drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject of “Show us the Money” with brief CV or acheivement list. Expressions of interest welcome until 21st October 2014.
October 9th, 2014
Denise Batchelor, Lesieli Finau, Vanessa Green, Malina Kounrabouth, Raman Mahi, Jago Neal, Vanessa Parker, Amber Parks
Wed. 8 October – Sun. 12 October | FREE
In the Cellar
A showcase of photography and moving image by artists whose work engages with mental health issues, drawing upon personal experience or their connection with others.
October 8th, 2014
October 7th, 2014
I am pleased to let you know that my Quiet Moments 2015 calendar with images from Central Otago is now available.
I am hooked on Central Otago. There’s nothing better than coming across relics of the lost and forgotten, long abandoned gnarly orchards still bearing fruit, water races that at the height of summer magically carry precious water, stacks of schist, wild Spaniards poking out of the snow, the smell of wild thyme.
In response to feedback, I have changed the design so that there is one page for the image and a full page for the calendar with plenty of room to write down all those things to be kept track of. I hope the sample below gives you a feel for the year ahead.
One calendar: $NZ18.00
Two or more calendars: $NZ16.00 per copy
Set of six Quiet Moments Note Cards: $NZ10.00 per set
Free set of Quiet Moments Note Cards with all calendar orders received by 24 October.
To place an order, click here
Feel free to forward this email to others who might be interested. I hope you enjoy marking the passing months as the year progresses.
October 3rd, 2014
Jan Young and Photospace Gallery warmly invite you to the opening of the exhibition ‘Between’, on Friday 10th October, 5pm-7pm.
Exhibition and artist info: http://www.photospacegallery.com/2014—jan-young.html
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington
T: 04 382 9502 M: 027 444 3899
Gallery hours: 10am to 4pm Mon-Fri, 11am to 4pm Sat
Closed Sundays and public holidays
September 14th, 2014
Jenny Tomlin, darkroom printer and pinhole photographer will be having a solo show of her work, Life beyond the Lens at this year’s Pingyao festival (September 19 – 25). She will be attending the festival along with other NZ photographers, including Ian Macdonald, Craig Potton and Martin Hill. The pinhole work spans 12 years and is a continuation of her approach to landscape. The natural wilderness and urban gardens both share a similar sense of altered reality. The images are produced from cameras made from discarded or recycled objects and take advantage of each camera’s unique nature.
September 14th, 2014
Exhibition of three leading New Zealand conservation photographers at 2014 Pingyao International Photography Festival 19 to 25 September
‘To Save a Forest… Photographs by leading New Zealand conservationists:
Martin Hill, Ian Macdonald and Craig Potton’
This exhibition of 34 large prints was prepared by guest curator John B. Turner, and brings together for the first time works by three acclaimed New Zealand artists devoted to celebrating and preserving the natural wilderness: Martin Hill, Ian Macdonald and Craig Potton. It will be shown at the 2014 Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi Province, China, from 19 to 25 September 2014. Each of the artists will travel to Pingyao and participate in a seminar on their work. John Turner will visit from his new base in Beijing.
Known internationally as a designer and environmental sculptor, Martin Hill, makes impeccable photographic records of temporal art works made in collaboration with his partner Philippa Jones. In December 2014 they will head off to Antarctica to continue their environmental art works.
Ian Macdonald was a leading figure in a successful international campaign to save Whirinaki forest from exploitation and has photographed some of the world’s most important wilderness areas for the British Broadcasting Corporation. He is well known also as the director of the influential Real Pictures lab and gallery in the 1980s, and later for his directorship of Matakana Pictures.
Craig Potton helped save a unique native beech forest from clear felling before adopting photography as his main weapon as a green advocate and publisher dedicated to preserve wilderness areas. For this exhibition Potton pairs images of the same nominal subject matter to reiterate the importance of viewpoint and moment for establishing meaning and beauty in a photograph. He is a prominent photographer and independent publisher in New Zealand.
Aiming to share the awe of being surrounded by ancient trees and flora in a native forest, Ian Macdonald’s work has evolved from standard one point perspective views to multiple, highly detailed composite views stitched by computer software to produce remarkably tactile and plausible new views of ancient trees and forests.
Made from primary elements of the earth and referencing the cyclical principles of nature through universal symbols such as the circle, Martin Hill’s sculpture and photographs advocate for a sustainable, restorative economy. He has increasingly incorporated a human outline in his recent environmental sculptures. Whether made from ice, moss or other local materials, his temporal guardian figures remind us for example, of how profoundly our own bodies, composed of over 60% water, are reliant on the protection of these vital natural systems for our own survival.
John B. Turner
Cat. 03. Martin Hill: Watershed Guardian, from the Watershed Project. Cast ice, snow. Sculpture
height 1600mm. 2012. Albert Burn Saddle, Mt Aspiring National Park, New Zealand
Here also is the exhibition catalogue (2.5mb pdf) To Save a Forest
See also this article on Auckland based photographer Jenny Tomlin’s exhibition of pinhole images at the 2014 Pingyao Photo Festival.
UPDATE: from press release dated 26 Sept. 2014
For print purchase and exhibition enquiries please contact: Turner PhotoBooks, Beijing
John B. Turner: Mob. +86 152 0132 0625 (English)
Liu Jianguang: Mob. +86 132 6107 6595 (Chinese)
If you are interested, Turner PhotoBooks would be happy to send you a PDF of the exhibition catalogue with all photographs and text, for publicity purposes.
We have already received interest from one Beijing gallery and are seeking further expressions of interest to enable us to finance and prepare a travelling exhibition of ‘To Save a Forest…’ so it can be shown in professional venues all over China during the next five years. Our intention is to mount a fresh show with a large-format catalogue, and also offer to sell signed prints by these top New Zealand photographers in China and elsewhere. Please email John B Turner at email@example.com for more information, or telephone us at one of our Beijing numbers below.
Following up on the important theme of how photographers can continue to help protect our earth
The ideas upon which ‘To Save a Forest… ” is based – are nothing less than what Martin Hill rightly describes as “burning issues” and the protection of our Earth’s natural resources which are vital to our survival.
We want to acknowledge the crucial work carried out by the New Zealand goverment, and The People’s Republic of China, despite much greater difficulties, in the area of conservation and preservation of the wilderness. These New Zealand photographers, therefore, wish to reach out to meet more of their Chinese counterparts, and those from every country involved in the ecological and conservation movement, to work together on their common cause.
For these reasons, I am willing to put my services at the disposal of like-minded individuals and organisation for what is without doubt one of the world’s most urgent and important issues. These photographers have already saved heritage forests from destruction and have devoted their artistic lives to the cause of conservation. And that is why they are being honored in China and around the world.
Xie Xie, Thank you,
John B Turner,