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PhotoForum celebrates turning forty and reflects upon its diverse history to date.
Rim Books and PhotoForum are pleased to announce the recent release of PhotoForum at 40: Counterculture, Clusters, and Debate in New Zealand by Nina Seja. In this richly illustrated publication, art historian Nina Seja gives an illuminating account of the communities, relationships, and events that have shaped PhotoForum’s first forty years, and charts the development of photographic art in New Zealand during this time.
PhotoForum Inc. is a not-for-profit Society dedicated to the promotion of photography as a means of communication and expression. Acting as an intellectual and creative meeting place for New Zealand’s photographic community since its inception in 1973, PhotoForum has published, exhibited, and promoted an impressive list of New Zealand photographers.
PhotoForum at 40 brings together some of its most significant portfolios, critical thinking, and debates about photography to date, drawn from the PhotoForum archives as well as from dynamic personal correspondence between the photographers and editors. It includes new interviews and conversations with some of the key players who have shaped PhotoForum’s history. From the formative portfolios of Anne Noble, Peter Peryer, and Murray Cammick to the written reflections and conversations of Bruce Connew, Rhondda Bosworth, and Glenn Busch with Tim J. Veling, and others, PhotoForum at 40 delves into the past, present, and future of photography in New Zealand. In contributing essays, co-founder of PhotoForum John B. Turner offers a personal recollection of the Society’s early days, and Athol McCredie, Curator of Photography at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, provides a brief history of PhotoForum’s sister organisation, PhotoForum/Wellington. The volume concludes with a chronology mapping the development of photographic art in New Zealand over more than half a century.
PhotoForum at 40 is published in conjunction with the exhibition History in the Taking: 40 Years of PhotoForum at Gus Fisher Gallery, from 6–28 June 2014, as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. Visit here for details about the opening night and public programme.
On Wednesday 4 June 2014, a special Pecha Kucha Night was held at Q Theatre to jointly celebrate PhotoForum’s forty years and the fortieth event to be hosted by Pecha Kucha Auckland. Visit here for further details.
Book Launch of PhotoForum at 40 - Saturday 28 June 2014, 2pm at Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland. See the invite here.
All publication enquiries to Haruhiko Sameshima, Rim Books