Houheria-Falls©Jenny Tomlin
Houheria Falls, Jenny Tomlin

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.



To Save a Forest... Hill_Macdonald_Potton PIP Pingyao 2014 catalogue cover


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 ??·?? ????????-??????????????????1.6??2012???????????????·?? ??
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
Cat.03. Martin Hill
Cat. 14. Ian Macdonald: Heron Island, Dusky Sound panorama, Fiordland, New Zealand, 1995
Cat. 14. Ian Macdonald: Heron Island, Dusky Sound panorama, Fiordland, New Zealand, 1995
Cat. 14. Ian Macdonald
Cat. 25. Craig Potton: Storm, Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand
Cat. 25. Craig Potton: Storm, Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand
Cat. 25. Craig Potton

Here also is  the exhibition catalogue (2.5mb pdf) To Save a Forest

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Heinz Sobiecki_Ataturk Memorial, Wellington

‘A century ago, postcards were used much as text messages are today – a quick note, a catch-up. In this unique, historically-themed exhibition, Heinz Sobiecki combines images of the backs of selected century-old postcards with his own recent images relating to the postcards’ stories.’

See http://www.photospacegallery.com/2014—heinz-sobiecki.html for more info.

Photospace Gallery
James Gilberd
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

Photo: Robin Hammond/Panos, from - "Zimbabwe, your wounds will be named silence"
 Photo: Robin Hammond/Panos, from – “Zimbabwe, your wounds will be named silence”


Massey University
2014 Peter Turner Memorial Lecture

Robin Hammond
Finding a Voice: The Challenge of Photojournalism

Robin Hammond is an award winning New Zealand born international photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Paris. He was the 2013 recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and has been awarded a World Press Photo prize, the Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award and four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism.

Robin will discuss his work with a particular focus on the role of photography in articulating human rights issues.

Please register to attend the lecture at

Wednesday 27 August 2014
6.00pm – 7.30 pm

Theatrette 10A02
Museum Building
Massey University Wellington
Entrance D, Buckle St
(access via Tasman St)

Free lecture


Glenn Jowitt (1955-2014)


Yesterday I attended Glenn Jowitt’s funeral at the Grey Lynn Presbyterian Church on the corner of Crummer and Great North Road. The service was led with warmth, humour and reverence by the Reverend Nathan Pedro and the Reverend Mua Strickson-Pua. This well-known Church is a much cherished gathering place for Auckland’s Samoan, Tokelau and Tuvalu community. It is also one of this city’s loveliest Church centres and is sited just around the corner from Prime Road where Glenn lived for many years. 

Glenn’s mother, sister and brother were present. His niece also. They all spoke with much love and tenderness to the hundreds of friends present. It was the largest funeral gathering of any Auckland artist since the service for Don Binney at Saint Mary’s in Parnell. 

For all gathered there was a truly palpable presence of loss. Many tears were shed, many words were spoken. There were laughs and there were surprises at hearing delighting anecdotes. Glenn’s character emerged through a panoply of wonderful speeches. Read the full article here

Ron Brownson
Senior Curator, NZ & Pacific Art, Auckland Art Gallery
Outpost blog  - 31 July 2014

Mac Miller

July 28th, 2014


I don’t remember who said it but a mother sitting on the beach takes a snap of her child, this could be called the purest form of photography, recording a moment in time that can be looked back on, not only by her but anybody else concerned. War Correspondents did and do the same thing now.

Camera clubs must have started with a few keen ‘chemist types’saying “ let’s get together and share our knowledge and look at each other’s work”. A good place for anyone to learn the skills of making a photograph. Not so bad!! Until fast film interchangeable lens cameras and J B Turner hit the scene! Now we had John’s PhotoForum showing us the American greats who had developed still photography as an art form that could be sold for hard cash (how American). I bought a $70 Edward Weston print. We were made to rethink how to take our photos with more soul, meaning and quality. These were great times and John did show a lot of us a sense and purpose to our photography. No more Bank window displays, but target Art galleries and sell prints when we could (most of us swapped). I, to my embarrassment, wrote to Imogen Cunningham asking her to swap six of my prints for one of hers??

I believe this period perhaps ended with The Active Eye Exhibition. I must relate attending an Auckland workshop and seeing one new photographer arrive wearing a black beret, ‘ doctor who’ scarf and a very long coat, straight from Monmarte Paris but the next day dressing as the rest of us in jeans and T shirt. Had the beginning of the ‘art set’ photographer just arrived in Auckland NZ ?

I stopped taking photos for 20 years and started again in a completely new world of photography. A lot of things we used to dream of had happened. Digital cameras meant endless shots , colour, sharpness, instant review and no exposure meters and the computer gave us Photoshop, Wow! Forget all the old ways we had learned, this is space age stuff. The art set would surely go mad with the chance to make up anything and not even have to print it, but no, black and white stayed the thing, purposely out of focus, badly framed with explanations of why it was taken printed alongside. This is what I discovered when my wife Babs and I took the trouble to go to see the new update of The Active Eye Exhibition in Palmerston North. I expected some brilliant new Photoshop creations but no, same old or worse. A blurred black and white photograph doesn’t make it art.

I can’t lay claim to any greatness or originality in my love of this medium but if I took a photo of one of my kids on the beach it would just have to be something with an edge of humour involved, that’s me coming through in my photograph. I am not against artists, I do understand how the real ones push us all into new understanding, it’s the pseudo wannabe’s that grate with me.

New Zealand’s own Dennis Waugh says in the PhotoForum at 40 book “Photography at best is a specialised craft, not art”. Dorothea Lange has also made similar comments. I know the argument has been going for over a century but l enjoy photography for being the skilled craft it is.

Well, that’s how I see it, so rip into me!

I’m just out of focus
dreaming black on white
memories long forgotten
passing through the night

Mac Miller
July 2014

Editor’s note: Our thanks to Mac Miller for inviting further discussion on photography. Mac’s involvement with PhotoForum  goes back to the beginnings of the society. In fact, one of his images featured on the cover of the first issue of Photo-Forum magazine (issue 18 – February/March 1974). You can view a portfolio of his more recent work  via the PhotoForum Members online gallery here



We at PhotoForum are deeply saddened to learn of the death of photographer Glenn Jowitt.

PhotoForum is proud to have had a long association with Glenn, having first exhibited his work in Ten Christchurch Photographers at PhotoForum Gallery, Wellington in 1978, then his Race Meetings in New Zealand in 1979 and Black Power, Christchurch in 1981 at the same venue. He was a speaker in the 1988 PhotoForum Winter Lecture Series, and exhibitor in the group shows Open the Shutter, 1994 and up:date// The Active Eye in 2000.

The Black Power series featured in PhotoForum 46 (August 1980), and Mauke, Cook Islands, 1982 appeared in New Zealand Photography from the 1840s to the Present, 1993. p. 73.

This year his work was included in the exhibition History in the Taking – 40 Years of PhotoForum, and the book PhotoForum at 40.

Glenn is best known for his extensive photography of Pacific Island people both in New Zealand and in their home countries. His series Polynesia Here and There, originally shown at Auckland Art Gallery in 1983 and in Paris in 1986, has recently been acquired by the James Wallace Arts Trust and is currently being exhibited at the Pah Homestead Galleries, until 3 August.

Athol McCredie, Curator of photography at Te Papa, has written a tribute on his blog, along with links to the Museum’s extensive collection of Glenn’s work here:

A celebration of his life is to be held on Wednesday 30th July at 11:30am at the Presbyterian Grey Lynn Church on the corner of Crummer and Great North Roads, Grey Lynn – See more at:

Tribute to Glenn Jowitt – from Ron Brownson, Senior Curator, NZ & Pacific Art, Auckland Art Gallery.



Glenn Jowitt. Devil and Baldie, 1979. Photo-Forum 46 (August 1980). p. 48.

Glenn Jowitt. Mauke, Cook Islands, 1982. From 35mm colour transparency. Artist’s collection.
New Zealand Photography from the 1840s to the Present, 1993. p .73.




Over Saturn’s Limb
Stephanie O’Connor

5-16 August 2014
Golden Dawn Tavern of Power
134 Ponsonby Rd
Opening 5 August 6pm

Peering through a wildly sharp telescope and seeing the form of Saturn provided the impetus for a new series from photographic artist Stephanie O’Connor. Her work explores a conceptual interest in portraiture and post production methodologies, employing retouching to highlight the transformative and liminal relationship between physical and ephemeral forces.

In rare NASA documented images, a meek Earth rests over the limb of Saturn, creating an ethereal connectivity. Over Saturn’s Limb hangs in the realm between occurrence and aftermath. Objects and characters are suspended in an abyss, connected by a spatial event described only through colour and extraterrestrial light. The figures lilt in a ritualistic scene, rendered strange by the effects of an unknown happening.

It’s a stage of science fiction; terrestrial beings affected extraterrestrial in a transformative environment, shrouded in unanswered phenomena and mythic elegance.

Rather than exhibit in a gallery space, O’Connor has elected to introduce Over Saturn’s Limb into a social setting, serving to emphasise the alien presence of her images in the low-light haze of Ponsonby bar Golden Dawn.

For more information and media enquiries contact reffen@gmail.com.


Victoria Ginn - A selection of vintage prints, Photospace Gallery, Wellington.


Lynda Lester - Succulent, and other works. Photospace Gallery, Wellington.


Artist info:
Lynda Lester info: http://www.photospacegallery.com/2014—lynda-lester.html
Victoria Ginn infohttp://www.photospacegallery.com/2014—victoria-ginn.html

Photospace Gallery
James Gilberd
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.


Jennifer French - Duplex