D-Photo review: ‘Old New World’ by Mary Macpherson

From the current issue (June/July 2012) of D-Photo magazine, is this review of Mary Macpherson’s publication ‘Old New World’.

Source: D-Photo www.dphoto.co.nz
Our thanks to D-Photo editor Adrian Hatwell for permission to reproduce this article.

Additional info:
Images featured in the above publication are currently on show (until 5 Aug 2012) at  Lopdell House Gallery

Old New World is also PhotoForum’s feature publication for this current membership year. Those interested in joining PhotoForum can find details here


The Lumiere Reader: Photography reviews & writings

Another great site that regularly features writings on photography is THE LUMIÈRE READER . It’s an online journal dedicated to film criticism and  the arts review, published by a collective of New Zealand critics and writers.

Recent reviews of photography publications include:
River-Road: Journeys Through Ecology (photographer David Cook)
I Loved You The Moment I Saw You (photographer Peter Black)
A Man Walks Out of a Bar (photographer Lucien Rizos)
Crombie to Burton: Early New Zealand Photography (John Leech Gallery)

Further articles can be found by scrolling through the Visual Arts category of THE LUMIÈRE READER or by visiting Contributing Editor, Andy Palmer’s earlier listings as featured on his website


NZ History online: History of New Zealand photography

Information just received in from photographer Andy Palmer:

I have recently written a history of New Zealand photography for the NZHistory  website  – http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/nz-photography.

It’s a small, tasty overview including a timeline and a personal, non-authoritative history of NZ photography in 20 photographs. Because of the breadth of photography, from commercial to art to vernacular, it is a huge subject to distil down to a few key events.

I am hoping to add more to it over time, especially adding brief histories of NZ photographic organisations – AIPA, NZIPP, Photographic Society of NZ, NZ Centre of Photography, and of course Photoforum.

If anyone has any information that might be useful for these brief histories, or indeed has any comments or corrections or feels that I’ve missed something of great importance, please get in touch andy@acpalmer.co.nz

David Cook featured in ‘Timemachine’ – Issue 5

Timemachine is an online photography magazine published bi-monthly. It showcases contemporary photography from within Australia and elsewhere in the world.

Issue 5: Elegy has just been posted online and includes the work of  New Zealand documentary photographer, David Cook.

In the text that accompanies his photographs, David explains:

“This series of images is based on a journey through my world; following the parallel arteries of River Road and the Waikato River as they snake their way from my home city of Hamilton to Ngaruawahia. It’s a journey of only 20 kilometres, but the mosaic of shifting ecologies in these spaces is magnificent.  The journey was repeated many times, in the hunt for images that speak about the ecological past, present and future.”

View the full article here>

Also featured in the current  issue: Helen Ennis, Andrew Cowen, Stephen Dupont, Elizabeth Heyert, Georgia Metaxas, Heidi Romano, Rebecca Norris Webb and Margaret Inga Wiatrowski.

Check out current & past issues of Timemachine here>

Editors note: River Road: Journeys Through Ecology (David Cook, Wiremu Puke, Jonty Valentine), published by Rim Books in 2011, was also published in collaboration with PhotoForum Inc. as PhotoForum issue 80 (last year’s feature book to members)

Shanghai photographic artist Zhang Xianyong on show at Webb’s, Auckland

Zhang Xianyong – Preview Evening TONIGHT  Thurs 3 Nov 6pm

Webb’s is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographic work by Shanghai artist Zhang Xianyong. Xianyong belongs to a new generation of young Chinese photographers who engage with both traditional Chinese storytelling and contemporary influences. His works form a carefully staged tableau that reflects on the rapid pace of China’s economic development and the radical cultural shift that it has brought about in Chinese society.
A reoccurring figure and symbol in Xianyong’s photographic works are Red Army men, who adopt a myriad poses; they play games, hold meetings, act out absurd scenes and every one of them is played by the artist himself.

Exhibition runs 4 – 18 Nov, Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm, Sat 11:00am-3:00pm. View catalogue

For more information contact: Renee Tanner PH 09 524 6804  M 021 149 6707

Zhang Xianyong
Big Fish

Richard Smallfield’s blog and youtube channel

Richard Smallfield, a Leigh (north of Auckland) based photographer has recently started an interesting blogspot, called EV+1 where  he plans to post reviews on quality books, music, photography and other content that often fall outside the radar of mainstream media.

Check out his: Book Review: Parr by Parr – Quentin Bajac meets Martin Parr – Discussions with a promiscuous photographer.

He’s also compiled the  Richard Smallfield’s channel on You Tube. Here he’s assembled an extensive selection of material across various genres. Of particular interest is his Photography playlist which features  content from numerous  documentaries and television series, i.e. Henri Cartier Bresson, Bill Brandt, Martin Parr, Edward Burtynsky & Nadav Kander and *The Genius of Photography BBC series. Well worth visiting and subscribing to!

*Update – unfortunately The Genius of Photography series has since been blocked from viewing by BBC Worldwide for copyright purposes.

Big Voice Launch Event – Auckland

We are inviting you to Project CONNECT, a Big VOICE launch event showcasing New Zealand’s first ever multiplatform (transmedia) exhibition, publication and collective storytelling.

In association with Virtuo and Transmedia NZ. Funded by ATEED. Supported by AVP, The Biz Dojo, We Can Create, Valentine Addis and IRONBANK.

Opening Night: 6:30pm, 27th August, Ironbank Building, Level 2, 150 Karangahape Road, Auckland

Using high-end digital technology Project CONNECT interweaves art, design, film, photography and performance pieces, much like chapters in a book or scenes in a film. Bring along your mobile phones or communication devices, and something physical that represents connection for you – such as a photo, a card, a poem, or a piece of fabric – to take part in the creation of this innovative collective story.

Project CONNECT is a side event to We Can Create.

Participate on www.facebook.com/bigvoice.tv
OR follow us on www.projectconnect.me
Twitter, www.twitter.com/bigvoice_ltd

Charity Art Auction in Palmerson North for Christchurch

ArtAid is a charity art auction of work donated by established and emerging artists from around New Zealand to raise funds for disaster relief in Christchurch. There are many pieces of excellent work available covering a wide range of tastes and styles with low and sometimes no reserve. There is also an online gallery set up with registration and online bidding at http://www.artaid.org.nz/

The auction event will be at Temanawa Gallery in Palmerston North on April 14th at 5.30pm, with the higher of the bids (online or event) winning the piece. Alternatively you may just want to visit the web site and browse the artworks and hopefully place a bid or two. Online bidding closes between 3 &  4pm depending on the artwork.

Artists include (links enclosed to photographic works): Adrian Jackman, Anne Marie Kingsley, Anton Parsons, Billy Apple, Chris Grosz, David Lupton, DeAnne Lawford Smith, Don Hill, Emma Pratt, Ernest Papps, Fran Dibble, Jane Sinclair, Kaye Davies, Matthew Browne, Michael Moore, Naga Tsutsumi, Neil Pardington, Nick White, Paul Dibble, Penelope Barnhill, Raemon Rolfe, Sarah Platt, Shannon Novak, Simon Kaan