PF Pingyao 2015 Title bannerExhibition banner, photograph credit: Barney Brewster, Shrouds c. 1980 (detail).


Collective Passion – Singular Visions
PhotoForum – A New Zealand Legacy

19 – 25 September 2015
Pingyao International Photography Festival
Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China

An exhibition of over 70 digitally presented images selected from the History in the Taking exhibition and PhotoForum at 40 book, offering the largest photography festival in China an insight in to the influence of PhotoForum on the photographic cultural landscaper of New Zealand over the last four decades.

Supporting exhibition information:
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Two Rooms _Anderson_Campbell, Clarke


Two Rooms
16 Putiki St, Newton, Auckland
Gallery hours: Tue to Fri 11am – 6pm, Sat 11am – 3pm
Phone 64 (9) 360 5900

Close to Home and Far Away_exhibition


Close to Home and Far Away
Photographs by Tony Carter (NZ) and Kirk Crippens (USA)

Curated by John B. Turner for the 2015 Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China, 19 – 25 September 2015.

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

This exhibition is a lot to do with human aspirations. Not everyone can be rich or wants to be. But wherever we fit on the socio-economic scale, our character is shaped by our life experience and our imagination. Tony Carter and Kirk Crippens know this and it is reflected in their approach to environmental portraiture. These portraits represent a collaboration between strangers, and in this case, the people, like the photographers are from very different places, far from one another, sharing a new-found connection.

Kirk Crippens’ people live in the wealthy US city of Portland, Oregon, which prides itself on promoting individualism. Tony Carter’s people live in Ohura, a run down New Zealand mining town of 130 inhabitants west ot of Lake Taupo. Crippens’ investigation, ‘Portraitlandia,’ was made in response to a popular television comedy series, ‘Portlandia’, which satirises the city of 600,000 as a hub of liberal politics and alternative lifestyles. His mix of imaginative characters suggests a high level of personal reinvention and tends to confirm Portland as a consumerist paradise. Carter’s concern is to capture an overlooked aspect of New Zealand life that is more akin to its raw pioneering days.

Both photographers, like the US philosopher Henry David Thoreau, perceive difference and nonconformity as an expression of people being true to themselves. No matter what adversity they may have encountered in their lifetime, the people in these photographs are confident enough to let the photographer enter their homes or personal spaces to reveal as much as the eye can see.
John B Turner

Images & information for this exhbition can be viewed at John B Turner’s website

Gallery Letter#41 (11 September 2015), from McNamara Gallery Photography:

‘Following our September 2015 exhibition we are closing our Wicksteed Street exhibition space.
Our gallery office, print & book store, and print viewing [by appointment] will operate from 3 Rees Street, Whanganui.

Our gallery focus, in this our 14th year, is on outreach exhibitions, print viewings, on-line exhibition postings, catalogue & book sales, and as a resource for the medium of photography.

Our revised gallery contact details, and city visits itinerary, are published on our website Information page to facilitate client/curator appointment-based meetings and print viewings.

We are dedicated to exhibiting and promoting lens-based media, and exploring the range of practice, both materially [the photographic object] and conceptually. To date, we have exhibited the work of 113 photographers.

Our resource functions include: consultation [AIPAD member], research, publications, public presentations, public gallery curator assistance/facilitating loans, and private viewing of photographs & publications. Included in our outreach exhibitions are 30 in public galleries.

We are also an image resource for publications and book/CD covers. Our image library is much more extensive than those posted on our website Artists page.’  Paul McNamara

McNamara Gallery 
Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed Street
Whanganui 4500
New Zealand
AIPAD member
*06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059

New address/phone change effective  26 September 2015:
3 Rees Street, Whanganui 4500
ph 06 345 8466

Antumbra_ Peter McLeavey Gallery

Peter McLeavey Gallery
147 Cuba St

Mark Adams, Clevedon garden_1978_ George Brown



Clevedon garden, 1978 – George Brown / Ihaka Paraone

September 4 – 25* 2015
Reception with Mark Adams, 5.30pm Friday 4th September

1978 images of a domestic garden, in Clevedon, which was full of carvings by George Brown / Ihaka Paraone.They stand in an unfamiliar relationship to the received assumptions about the carving ‘traditions’ and the carving histories as they have presented to the NZ public thus far.

The photographer says: “Looking at George’s garden with its Arawa whakapapa of carved stories, including the migration tradition, I saw Pakeha me standing there looking at and PAST those works to their context. An isolated farm house on a dairy farm where George lived alone, his family having moved into town.”

Earlier work by this photographer can be viewed here

This exhibition leads into our next touring out-reach exhibition: Celebrating Wood: back to the future; photographs by Laurence Aberhart accompanied by university & museum collection items, and scientific exhibits, selected by the host venues in response to the photographs.

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500
Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059


Reflex Figment _Massey University

reflex, figment Exhibition
Shannon Te Ao, Richard Bell, Stu Foster + Kura Puke, Karl Fritsch + Gavin Hipkins, Jeremy Millar, Dane Mitchell, Sally J. Morgan, Morgan + Richards, Anne Noble

2 – 18 September 2015
Opening Tuesday 1 September 2015, 7.30 pm

Engine Room
East End Block 1,
Massey University
63 Wallace Street, Entrance C

Curated by Heather Galbraith, in conjunction with the Triggering Memory symposium, 1–2 September 2015, a partnership between Massey University, Syracuse University and The Memory Waka.

Reflex, figment is supported by Whiti or Rehua School of Art, College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwharangi, Massey University.

Triggering Memory Symposium 2015_Massey University

A Massey University-Syracuse University-Memory Waka partnership presents the Triggering Memory Symposium to be held:
1-2 September 2015
The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko
College of Creative Arts
Massey University
Wellington, New Zealand.

Registration now available.

Triggering Memory Symposium 2015

What initiates the willed or involuntary process of recall when memories might be, as A. S. Byatt describes, “taken out, burnished, and contemplated”? Sensory experiences, places, objects, images, language, rituals, and therapy are some of the means by which memory is evoked. Distinguished speakers from a variety of fields in New Zealand representing Massey University, The University of Auckland, Te Papa, and AUT, will be joined by artists and scholars from Syracuse University, United States, to present their perspectives on ‘triggering memory’.

For full details including presenters list please refer [pdf] Triggery Memory_2015
To register please go to:


Te Ara Hihiko

Photobook New Zealand is delighted to announce that Massey University’s College of the Creative Arts has become a supporter and will provide the venue and technical support for our event.

Photobook New Zealand is New Zealand’s first photobook fair. The event will run in Wellington from 11 – 13 March, 2016, during the New Zealand Festival Writers’ Week when the city is buzzing with cultural activity.

Massey’s beautiful, well-equipped Te Ara Hihiko complex, in Tasman St, will host the bookfair and the exciting programme of talks and events. The Massey building offers the advantages of an auditorium and flexible spaces for bookfair exhibitors and informal talks and discussions.

Combining the different elements in one spacious building will allow book fair exhibitors to attract the audience attending the talks programme and make an easy flow between both parts of the programme. Tasman St is also close to Wellington’s CBD and the complex also offers plentiful parking.

Photobook New Zealand is currently signing some exciting Australian and New Zealand presenters for our programme. We’ll also shortly be announcing our Boosted funding initiative which will give people the opportunity to help us fly.

Photobook New Zealand is organised under the auspices of PhotoForum NZ.

If you’d like to receive updates about Photobook New Zealand, please email us at

The AIPA has a few events coming up that might be of interest to PhotoForum members:


AIPA Photo Academy Workshop:
How to Plan and Execute a Photo Story (with Arno Gasteiger)
Date: Saturday, September 12th
Time: 9:00am to 5:30pm
Format: Full day workshop
Venue: White Studios, 30 Burleigh Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland
More info here




AIPA Photo Academy Workshop:
Using Adobe Lightroom to Process and Organise Images (with Leon Rose)
Date: Saturday, September 26th
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Format: Half day workshop
Venue: White Studios, 30 Burleigh Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland
More info here



Image Nation 2015 Photography Conference

Date: Monday, October 19 & Tuesday October 20
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Format: Two day conference
Venue: Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland
Speakers Include: Nels Israelson, Sean Izzard, Peter Bennetts, Lisa Reihana, David Cook, Fiona Quinn + 4 more to be announced
More info:



AIPA: Advertising & Illustrative Photographers Association
Phone: +64 9 849 5728



Massey University
Peter Turner Memorial Lecture 2015

Paul Seawright
Landscapes of Conflict: Photography, Society and Contested Space

Paul Seawright is acclaimed internationally for his photographic depictions of the contested, peripheral and marginal spaces of political and social conflict. Beginning with his own work on the conflict in Northern Ireland Paul Seawright will discuss how he and other artists have extended the possibilities of photographing conflict in an era corrupted by mainstream media representations. His photographs of the theatre of war as played out in the internal landscape of the US newsroom reveal the media itself as the creator of illusion and entertainment.
His lecture will also explore the interconnecting threads that run through much of his work – from investigatons of the minefields and battlesites of the Afghanistan war  to his more recent work about subtle and invisible sites of conflict found in prosaic urban environments – such as the listed dwellings of sex offenders and the invisible sites of military recruitment across the USA.

Paul Seawright is Professor of Photography and Head of Belfast School of Art at the Ulster University. In 2002 he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum London as War Artist for Afghanistan and his photographs of battle-sites and minefields have subsequently been exhibited in more than 20 countries. In 2003 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art and in 1997 won the Irish Museum of Modern Art/Glen Dimplex Prize. He has published seven monographs on his multiple award winning photographic projects.

The Peter Turner Memorial Lecture 2015 is a free event and we are kindly asking you to register your attendance here peter-turner- as there are limited seats available.

Wednesday 9 September 2015
5.30–7 pm
The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko, Block 12
Massey University, Wellington Campus
Entrance E, Tasman Street
Free Parking