‘Selective Exposure’ exhibition on show at In Situ Photo Project, Christchurch

Selective Exposure ISPP Media Release


Selective Exposure is a group exhibition, organised by Haruhiko Sameshima, featuring a new generation of contemporary photographers based in New Zealand, Germany and Japan. It features samples of prints from each photographer’s sustained projects. Originally exhibited at Photospace gallery in Wellington in November 2015, the opening at In Situ Photo Project will be the exhibition’s first showing in the South Island.

Including work by Caryline Boreham, Conor Clarke, Peter Evans, Shelley Jacobson, Julius Margan, Asumi Mizuo, Solomon Mortimer, Stephen Roucher, Shigeru Takato and Tim J. Veling, these photographers use analogue film technology to reflect aspects of reality filtered through their own experiences, mediated by the old world photographic process.

The artists in this exhibition have all graduated from New Zealand art schools majoring in photography, within the last 25 years. They then went off to explore such diverse subject matters as steaming towers in the industrial hub of Germany, television news studios from 40 countries and 70 cities, contemporary views of the city rebuilt after destruction by an atomic bomb, and petroleum industry related sites across New Zealand from the perspective of  ‘peak oil’. Others travelled to scout for alternative identities in the country’s heartlands, the shifting border between urban and rural in a home suburb or, even closer to home, looking deeply into family and kinship under duress.

The anachronism of using film cameras detaches the images from today’s immediate use-value in that it is, for example, unable to be uploaded instantly to Instagram but it does slow down the process, giving time to contemplate the consequences of image making. The resulting printed photograph will carry that residue of the legacy of veracity, which transcribes the ‘look’ of the world. Accumulation of their selected exposures feeds the artists’ narratives.

This exhibition is a survey of tertiary trained art photographers’ views of where we stand in the global world, staring intently into their individualised evidences of reality. Works here reflect notions of art as social and personal inquiry – seeking to better understand humanity from their chosen environments, and is a record of their experiences within.

Opening night:
6pm, Friday 8th July at the BNZ Centre, 120 Hereford Street, next to Scorpio Bookstore.

Show runs until 5th August

Gallery hours:
Open daily, 10am – 5pm

Selective Exposure at In Situ catalogue [pdf]

Related events:
11 July 2016: In Conversation – Haruhiko Sameshima, Mark Adams, Tim J. Veling, Hannah Wilson. Following the discussion there will be a  film screening of ‘Pictures on Paper – Photobooks in New Zealand’ produced by Tangent NZ Photography Collective.
Full details at https://www.facebook.com/events/580140728813539/

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Stephen Trinder: The Cars of Christchurch

The Cars of Christchurch, New Zealand

A Photographic record by Stephen Trinder

On June 19 2012 Stephen Trinder took a photo of an orange 1978 Datsun B210 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Without knowing it at the time, this was to be the first of more than 1,000 Christchurch cars he would find and photograph, a pursuit that turned into a near obsession and continues to this day.

Encouraged by local and overseas car spotters as well as more fine art orientated photographers his collection has gained many comments and earned him the majority of the 1.5 million views on his http://www.flickr.com account.

Responses to the images have ranged from bewilderment at the number of older cars still on the road here, to respect for the owners who restore, maintain and customise models that can only be seen in museums elsewhere. New Zealanders have mentioned makes and models they grew up with and specific cars they have seen themselves.

Viewers have also noted the changing face of the city itself, enquiring about the earthquakes and their effects, often seen in the backgrounds to various vehicles.

As the number of images grew an early ambition was the publication of a book documenting the cars. This has since been replaced by the realisation that the growing number of online views is potentially far higher than a physical book of the same images could generate.

The photographs do however lend themselves to being exhibited en masse. A makeshift wall display continues to elicit a universally enthusiastic reaction, providing a picture postcard catalogue of a city seemingly populated solely by cars. Visitor’s reactions here, ranging from visiting members of the police force to rebuild workers, echo the online comments as well as including decisions on favourites, oldest, ugliest and most expensive vehicle.

Several times Stephen Trinder has vowed to stop but everytime something exciting has literally turned the corner. Many more cars (and utes, trucks, buses, caravans, etc.) are out there and you can see them as they’re found simply by following the photographer at:

Editors note:
You can also see a portfolio of images by Stephen Trinder on the PhotoForum members gallery HERE 


‘Meet Me in the Square’ – David Cook’s new publication & forthcoming exhibition

Photographer David Cook has just released a book of  his Christchurch images from the 1980s. An accompanying exhibition is due to open at Christchurch Art Gallery (offsite at 209 Tuam St),  in late January 2015. See more details below.



Take a trip down Retro Avenue with this beautifully designed book of photographs of 1980s Christchurch.

After the earthquake of 22 February 2011, photographer David Cook returned to his former hometown and found the central city irreparably damaged. He was inspired to unearth his archive of 6000 photographs of the city he’d shot as a young man in his twenties, rebuilding through images the city as he remembered it.

Cathedral Square, Centennial Pool, Lancaster Park, schoolboys, punks, nuns – this is a moving, nostalgic journey through the city we’ll never see again.

View a selection of images from the publication and purchasing details here

Meet Me in the Square: Christchurch 1983-1987
Published by Christchurch Art Gallery
Designed by Jonty Valentine
ISBN: 978-1-877375-37-8
Pages: 180
Dimensions: 275mm x 210mm
Format: Hardcover $NZ49.95 and flexicover book $NZ39.95
Publication date: December 2014 – Available now.

David Cook: Meet Me in the Square forthcoming exhibition

31 Jan 2015 – 24 May 2015
Curated by Ken Hall

Christchurch Art Gallery offsite at 209 Tuam Street
open 10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday
10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday


As a young photography student, David Cook’s camera was his licence to explore 1980s Christchurch. Bell-ringers and boot boys, beery crowds, nuns, mums with prams – his photographs continue to resonate. More exhibition info here



RAMP GALLERY, Hamilton: David Cook / Tim J. Veling

freeville_ramp gallery June 2014

– David Cook / Tim J. Veling
5 – 27 June 2014
Opening preview: Wed 4 June, 5 – 7pm

The Freeville Project is a photography-based project developed in collaboration with students and staff of Freeville Primary School in New Brighton, Christchurch, NZ. The result of an intensive workshop with 67 students; discussing ideas of community and future vision for the school environment in light of the impending closure of their school (due to regional earthquake damage).

Children wrote stories and created visual proposals for future developments. David Cook and Tim Veling collaborated with teachers in facilitating this process, and also created a series of photographic portraits and landscapes. The finished body of work was first exhibited as billboard-sized prints in the local New Brighton shopping mall, as part of the TEZA (Transitional Economic Zone of Aotearoa), produced by Letting Space in November 2013. The RAMP exhibition is a reconfiguration of the show, incorporating work that was not able to be shown in the Christchurch exhibition.

Prior to the February 2011 earthquake, Freeville School commissioned the ‘Freeville School Landscape Concept Draft Plan’ (Rough & Milne landscape architects). This plan incorporated a wildflower bed, native trees, native shrubs and children’s artwork. With a clear agenda to educate and engage the community in the school’s surrounding ecological landscape, this plan could never have foreseen the dramatic events that followed its conception. Read more HERE

School of Media Arts
Gate 5, Wintec City Campus
Collingwood St
Gallery hours: Mon to Fri., 12 – 4pm


McNamara Gallery, Whanganui: Paul Johns


Christchurch likes to call itself “most English city.”

Akaroa 30. 09. 2012
Akaroa Protected 30. 9. 11 Buckland

March 7-28* 2014

Reception 5.30 pm Friday 7th March

Click here to see earlier work by this photographer

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500

Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059 mcnamaraphotogal@xtra.co.nz

Maurice Lye: ‘Enchanted Gardens’ group exhibition

Enchanted Gardens
15 – 28 Feb. 2014
CPIT Rakaia Centre
130 Madras St, Christchurch Central

Enchanted Gardens considers the relationship between nature and people, their gardens and parks. Curated by Warren Feeney, it is a fundraising exhibition for the Christchurch Garden City Trust, the organisers of the Festival of Flowers. Included in the lineup of art works on show, are six post earthquake images by Christchurch photographer Maurice Lye.

Additional link:

Christchurch: ‘Building a Sense of Place’ exhibition

Theatre Royal, Ceiling (Colour) © Richard Mahoney

‘Building a Sense of Place’ – Richard Mahoney & Kristina Pickford

Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund Photographic Exhibition

Official Opening (All Welcome): 5.15 – 7pm, Wed 17 Oct 2012
Meet near the Christchurch City Council entrance on Worcester Boulevard

Exhibition dates: Every day, Wed 17 Oct – Sun 9 December 2012
Venue: Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch, New Zealand
Official Website: www.savecanterburyheritage.org.nz

Exhibition overview:
“Our relationship with the environment in which we live, our ‘sense of place’, affects all aspects of our life.

Heritage buildings support our sense of place, our feeling of continuity with the past, our need for something certain, within aworld of constant change. They are not just visually pleasing luxuries but essential anchors which give us a sense of identity. They are touchstones by which we measure the present. They influence the way we feel, think and identify with the place in which we live.

Christchurch and Canterbury have traditionally been defined by their heritage buildings. Many have been lost as a result of the earthquakes which devastated the city and province in 2010 and 2011 and the future of many others hangs in the balance.

The Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund (CEHBF) is helping to save the best of our remaining buildings so they will continue to enrich our lives.

Heritage buildings are points of reference, markers of time and place. These remaining buildings remind us of our past and their preservation will ensure that the city which existed before the earthquakes will not be forgotten.

‘Building a Sense of Place’ documents buildings which have received financial assistance or have been targeted for assistance from the CEHBF. Richard Mahoney and Kristina Pickford have worked on this photographic project since December 2011. A large format view camera together with colour transparency and black and white film has been used throughout. The emphasis has been on producing high quality detailed images suitable for enlargement and archiving.

Kristina Pickford is an architectural historian. She has worked with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and as a Heritage Advisor with the Christchurch City Council. Kristina has a deep and enduring interest in architecture, aesthetics and heritage. With a strong affinity for Canterbury’s natural and built environments, she is working to ensure that what remains of the region’s heritage not only survives, but continues to be relevant.

Richard Mahoney’s photographic work is mostly architectural. He concentrates on the interior and exterior of early New Zealand buildings and structures. He is interested in rural and industrial change, growth and decay, creation, destruction and regeneration.”

Related link:
Richard Mahoney http://camera-antipodea.indica-et-buddhica.com/

Christchurch Art Gallery: Out of Place – when the rules no longer apply

Image: Tim J. Veling Carlton Mill Road, Christchurch, 2011 – From Adaptation, 2011-2012.

OUT OF PLACE featuring works by Katharina Jaeger, Chris Pole, Tim J. Veling & Charlotte Watson

4 – 26 August 2012
Christchurch Art Gallery
Located offsite at 212 Madras Street, (above NG boutique & The National)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Four artists with Christchurch connections consider what’s possible when the usual rules around our relationship with structure no longer apply, in the latest exhibition in Christchurch Art Gallery’s Rolling Maul series.

Incorporating a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture and installation, the works in the exhibition use the built environment as a starting point for the exploration of less concrete ideas.

Director Jenny Harper says that while the structures seen in the exhibition are noticeably uninhabited, they resound with presence.

‘These unpeopled spaces invite us to consider the histories they hold, the futures they store and the emptiness they leave behind. We have experienced dramatic and continuing changes in our relationships with structures across the city as a result of the earthquakes, so many will find this exhibition has additional meaning for them.’

Tim J. Veling’s post-quake photographs document a Christchurch that is transformed and in transition. Taken from a body of work titled Adaptation, his images present the re-imagined city that is emerging as the urban landscape finds a new equilibrium. Read the full article HERE

For more information visit christchurchartgallery.org.nz

Related link:
Tim J. Veling website

Richard Mahoney’s images used to help save Canterbury heritage

Image© Richard Mahoney & Kristina Pickford: Cranmer Court, South West Corner

Since December 2011, photographer Richard Mahoney has been working (alongside Kristina Pickford – Heritage Adviser & CEHBF Fundraising Committee Member)  on an ongoing project to produce images for the Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund campaign. The Trust was formed in late 2010 to provide financial assistance to owners of ‘Qualifying Heritage Buildings’ so that the precious few heritage buildings which remain after the earthquakes and which are feasible to repair, might be saved.

Mahoney was given considerable freedom to produce photographic works that communicate what he considers “valuable” about these buildings. A notable feature of the newly created CEHBF website  and the ongoing funding campaign, is that all of the new imagery is based on large format, 4×5 colour and black & white sheet film.

View Richard’s photographs as featured on the CEHBF website
Additional images from this project  can be found (via his personal website)  HERE

Those interested in donating to the Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund can find details, by visiting THIS PAGE

Satellite Gallery, Auckland: ‘Still Here’ by David Straight

Christchurch born photographer David Straight presents ‘Still Here’, a photographic documentation depicting suburban Christchurch following the February 22 earthquake. David interned at Magnum Photos in New York and has self-published several books including Nostos, The End of London and The Continuing Crisis.  These books and others will be on display during the exhibition, his first solo show.

Exhibition opens 27th Sept (5.30 -8.00pm) and runs until 22nd October at Satellite Gallery, Auckland.