Anna Miles Gallery: Lucien Rizos – ‘Unposed Portraits’

Lucien Rizos_from Traffic Lights 1981
Lucien Rizos from Traffic Lights, 1981



You are warmly invited to attend the opening of


Sunday 21 June 3-5pm

On exhibition until 25/07/15
Anna Miles Gallery
10/30 Upper Queen St, Auckland, 1010

Lucien Rizos was born in Wellington in 1953 and studied graphic design at Wellington Polytechnic in the early 1970s. Since 1974 he has been a violinist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. At the beginnings of his musical career, the orchestra regularly toured regional centres nationwide. In 1979, while on tour, Rizos set out to photographically document New Zealand. Thirty years later,  A man walks out of a bar… : New Zealand photographs, 1979-1982, a book that borrows its format from Robert Frank’s 1958, The Americans, was published (Rim Books, 2011).

By 1984, Rizos had rejected what he now describes as his ‘Doco Style’ phase (1976-1983), in favour of more conceptually inclined photographic methods. This exhibition presents Rizos’ new work, Unposed Portraits (2014), telephoto-assisted extreme close-ups of people in vehicles, alongside Traffic Lights (1981), photographs of pedestrians, shot quite literally from the hip, at intersections in Wellington and Auckland.


Rizos from Unposed Portraits 2014
Lucien Rizos from Unposed Portraits, 2014


Contact Sheet from Traffic Lights 1981

Contact sheet from Traffic Lights, 1981


Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland: Chez Karangahape

4.+ Gilbert Melrose, Melrose Photography Shop, Arawa Street, Matamata c. 1970, 2015
Image: Gilbert Melrose, Melrose Photography Shop, Arawa Street, Matamata c. 1970, 2015


Chez Karangahape

26/03/15 — 16/04/15
Anna Miles Gallery

This is the first exhibition to be shown at the Anna Miles Gallery new space at 10/30 Upper Queen St. Featured works include photography by Allan McDonald, Bob and June Raw, Lucien Rizos, Gilbert Melrose, Darren Glass, Solomon Mortimer plus Johanna Pegler’s painting based on a C19th sepia photograph.

10/30 Upper Queen Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 11-3 & by appointment



NZ Steel Gallery, Franklin Arts Centre: ‘idyll’ group exhibition


9 Nov – 21 Dec 2013 – (Curator floor talk – Sat 16 Nov, 11am)
NZ Steel Gallery –  Franklin Arts Centre
12 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe

Exhibition includes photographic works by Mark Adams and Allan McDonald.

Below image details:
Mark Adams, 28.7.1985. Stone and offerings. Hatupatu’s Rock, Atiamuri, State Highway 1
edition of 7, courtesy of the artist and Two Rooms

Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland: Edith Amituanai

Ranui 135 – Edith Amituanai
Opening Wed 19 June (6-8pm)
Exhibition runs until Sat 27 July 2013

47 High St, Suite 4J, Auckland
Telephone + 64 9 377 4788, Mobile + 64 (0)21 47 10 47
Hours: Wednesdays – Fridays 11am-5pm,
Saturdays 11am-4pm & by appointment

See Edith’s Ranui 135 Blog –

Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland: Solomon Mortimer

Image: Photographer’s Wife 2012, Solomon Mortimer

Solomon’s Travels – Solomon Mortimer
5 – 30 June 2012
Opens Tues 5 June, 6-8pm

Anna Miles Gallery
4J, 47 High St, Auckland Central
(elevator located down  passageway alongside Tatty’s, take to 4th floor)
ph 09 377 4788

‘Solomon Mortimer is a photographic force. This debut exhibition showcases portraits of individuals who grab the artist’s attention on everyday adventures with a medium format camera.

Mortimer has an extrovert’s appetite for life on the street. His photographs are products of encounters. Their extreme subjective mode betrays an unequivocal rebuff of the stance of remote, dispassionate observer.

A new publication by the artist comprising his photographs, writings and drawings will also be launched during the exhibition.’ AKFOP 2012 programme

Solomon’s Travels is part of the Festival Tuesday Circuit event

Anna Miles Gallery
Auckland Festival of Photography 2012

Editor’s Note: Solomon is also featured on Radio NZ’s Arts On Sunday programme – Sunday 27 May 2012. Listen to the podcast HERE