January 26th, 2016
UK photographer Justin Quinnell is giving an illustrated lecture on pinhole photography and camera obscuras as part of his travels through New Zealand and Hong Kong. The talks are open to the public and mostly free. Schedule of dates & venues are listed below. For further information visit Justin’s website at www.pinholephotography.org
The Pinhole – from Aristotle to the Selfie stick’
New Zealand – Hong Kong Pinhole Lecture Tour – March 9th – April 2nd, 2016
Tuesday 22nd March – Auckland
PhotoForum event held at MTG RM
2 Kingsland Tce, Kingsland
All welcome to our free event – as seating is limited please register HERE to reserve your place.
Please direct all bookings & enquiries for this Auckland event to PhotoForum.
August 28th, 2015
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
East End Block 1,
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.
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
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’.
August 17th, 2015
Peter Turner Memorial Lecture 2015
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- lecture-2015.lilregie.com as there are limited seats available.
Wednesday 9 September 2015
The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko, Block 12
Massey University, Wellington Campus
Entrance E, Tasman Street
November 19th, 2014
Additional information: http://natlib.govt.nz/events/from-archive-to-albumen
Young Country exhibition/events at Mahara Gallery: http://photoforum-nz.org/blog/?p=4844
October 8th, 2014
August 10th, 2014
2014 Peter Turner Memorial Lecture
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
Massey University Wellington
Entrance D, Buckle St
(access via Tasman St)
Lili Kraus, 1947, Hofmann, Frank (1916–1989), New Zealand.
Gift of the artist, 1986. Te Papa.
Arts After Dark | Nga Toi o te Po
When: Thursday 16 May 2013, 5.30pm-7.15pm
Where: Nga Toi | Arts Te Papa, Level 5
Cost: Free Entry
Explore photographic works in Arts Te Papa with Wayne Barrar, Peter Ireland, and Athol McCredie. Then enjoy a performance, inspired by the pianist Lili Kraus, on Michael Parekowhai’s carved Steinway piano.
Athol McCredie: Photographic works in Arts Te Papa
Te Papa’s curator of photography, Athol McCredie, talks about Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, and other international photographers featured in On Looking.
He also discusses a collection of remarkable 19th-century photographic portraits of Maori, and the album of Wellington landscapes captured by photographer James Bragge in the 1870s.
Wayne Barrar: Nauru Portfolio
Wayne Barrar has documented uncanny underground spaces, probed New Zealand’s history of landscape photography, and produced a series of photographs exploring the presence of a New Zealand icon – the ti kouka (cabbage tree) – in England’s south-west.
For Arts After Dark, he discusses Nauru Portfolio – a suite of works exploring the environmental impact of phosphate mining on the Pacific island of Nauru.
Peter Ireland: Frank Hofmann and the avant-garde
Whanganui-based painter and writer Peter Ireland discusses the work of the influential Czechoslovakia-born photographer Frank Hofmann.
He pays special attention to Hofmann’s portrait of concert pianist Lili Kraus, whose Steinway piano Michael Parekowhai transformed into his virtuoso Venice Biennale work He korero purakau mo te awanui o te motu: story of a New Zealand river (2011).
He korero in performance: A tribute to Lili Kraus
Elena (violin) and Craig Newsome (piano) present a programme of music inspired by Frank Hofmann’s photographic portrait of pianist Lili Kraus.
Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa
April 26th, 2013
Liu Heung Shing, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chinese photographer and historian of photography in China, will be a keynote speaker at the Wellington Convention of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. He will be speaking at the Wellington Town Hall Auditorium at 7pm on Thursday 2 May 2013, and also at 10.45am on Sunday 5 May, as part of the Convention.
This is a rare opportunity for New Zealand photographers, photo historians, curators, art critics, teachers, students and others interested in the history of photography in China to meet and hear this acclaimed photographer and historian. Liu Heung Shing is the author and editor of many books, including ‘China After Mao: Seek Truth from Facts’ Penguin, 1983), ‘China, Portrait of a Country’ (Taschen, 2008), ‘Shanghai, A History in Photographs 1842 to Today’ (World Publishing Corporation, 2010; Penguin Global, 2011), and ‘China in Revolution: The Road to 1911′ (Hong Kong University Press, 2012).
Below is the PSNZ invite for Liu Heung Shing’s 2nd May presentation at the Wellington Town Hall. Door sale admissions to the public (non PSNZ members) are $25.00 per person.
Please also note that Shing’s second presentation on Sunday 5 May (10.45 pm, Wellington Town Hall) has not been promoted to the public however PSNZ advise they are happy to accomodate those who are interested in attending this additional presentation.
October 12th, 2012
EXHIBITION/BOOK Stopover, a story of migration, 2007. © Bruce Connew
Photographer (and long-term PhotoForum member) Bruce Connew is the keynote speaker at this year’s New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year awards night to be held at Auckland Museum on 25 October 2012. Bruce who describes himself as ‘a social/political artist and photographer’, has an extensive exhibition and publication history. His work is held in public and private collections (both here and internationally). You can view his website here.
Finalists in the 2012 New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year competition currently have their entries on display at the Auckland Museum (until October 25). The prizes up for grabs include $7000 cash (spread across the categories) and a berth on board a Heritage Expeditions’ voyage. Visit here for background info. on this event and to book tickets to the Awards Night.
Also on show at Auckland Museum (as part of the CAMERA – Season of Photography series) is NZ Life, an exhibition of best images from two previous NZ Geographic Photographer of the Year competitions. Associated to this, is the Expert Sessions, featuring presentations by prominent photographers. Three sessions are still remaining before the series concludes on 3rd November. View the calendar here.