Photos from ‘Recent Auckland Photography’ gallery talk

Our thanks to Barry Myers for sharing his photos from last month’s Recent Auckland Photography talk by Ron Brownson (Senior Curator New Zealand and Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery), which took place at Northart Gallery in Northcote, Auckland. Below is a selection of his images from that day.

It was great to see such a large crowd in attendance to listen as Ron engaged conversations (about their works), with a number of the exhibiting artists. Curated by Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling, the Recent Auckland Photography exhibition was held at Northart Gallery from 19 May – 12 June 2013 (as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography). Both the exhibition and publication featured a mix of new, unseen, and significant photographs from 12 artists with various connections to the Auckland region: Mark Adams, Edith Amituanai, Fiona Amundsen, Harvey Benge, Bruce Connew, Chris Corson-Scott, Ngahuia Harrison, Derek Henderson, Ian Macdonald, Haruhiko Sameshima, Geoffrey H. Short and Talia Smith.

Following the event, there was an opportunity to meet the artists. PhotoForum members also took the opportunity to collect their current subscription copy of  Pictures They Want to Make – Recent Auckland Photography – the publication accompanying the exhibition.

Note: All enquiries about Pictures They Want to Make – Recent Auckland Photography (RRP $59.95) can be directed to PhotoForum by emailing photoforumnz@gmail.com


Visitors at the Recent Auckland Photography gallery talk at Northart, Auckland – 8 June 2013.

PhotoForum Director Geoffrey H. Short capturing the gallery audience.
PhotoForum Director (and exhibiting artist) Geoffrey H. Short capturing the gallery audience – Recent Auckland Photography gallery talk, 8 June 2013.


Ron Brownson and exhibitor Haruhiko Sameshima in discussion Recent Auckland Photography gallery talk, 8 June 2013.


Ron Brownson in conversation with exhibiting artist Fiona Amundsen –
Recent Auckland Photography gallery talk, 8 June 2013.


Exhibiting photographers (from left): Harvey Benge and Bruce Connew –
Recent Auckland Photography gallery talk, 8 June 2013.

Left to right: Ron Brownson, Ian Macdonald, Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling (co-curators)
Ron Brownson in discussion with Ian Macdonald. Alongside are co-curators Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling
Recent Auckland Photography gallery talk, 8 June 2013.

Links:
Barry Myers Photography
Northart Gallery
Auckland Festival of Photography
Auckland Art Gallery

Review by Art News New Zealand: Pictures They Want to Make

Pictures They Want to Make: Recent Auckland Photography
Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling, Photoforum, $59.95

Before those readers south of the Bombay Hills skip this review, stop and listen. Yes, most of the photographers featured live in Auckland, but not all – Mark Adams and Derek Henderson live elsewhere. And the book isn’t filled with images of the Sky Tower and One Tree Hill, though Geoffrey H Short does have a preoccupation with Kingsland’s Kiwi Bacon Factory.

Published by the non-profit organisation Photoforum, launched at Northart in Northcote for the Auckland Festival of Photography, and co-authored by eminent writer Edward Hanfling and photographer Chris Corson-Scott, this book is a timely celebration of the strength of New Zealand photography.

Though some of the photographers included (Henderson, Adams, Benge, Connew and Sameshima) have regularly published their work, others haven’t and so this book fills a yawning gap in New Zealand art photography publishing.

It’s an appealing cocktail of images, including Mark Adams’ mesmeric land and seascapes, Edith Amituanai’s candidly-shot suburbia, Harvey Benge’s “strange pictures in cities”, Fiona Amundsen’s barren cityscapes; Corson-Scott’s suburban oases and blissful beaches, and Talia Smith’s portraits of modern-day threatening ‘triffids’ – pampas, privet and nasturtium.

A worthy addition to the library.

Source:
Art News New Zealand, Winter 2013 issue, pg 147.
www.artnews.co.nz

Notes:
Further reviews and information relating to this publication can be found here.
Our thanks to Art News New Zealand for permission to share the above article, as featured in their current issue.

Talk by Ron Brownson on “Recent Auckland Photography”

This Saturday (8th June) at 3pm, Ron Brownson (Senior Curator New Zealand and Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery), will be giving a gallery talk at Northart, on their current exhibition Recent Auckland Photography. Exhibition curators Edward Hanfling and Chris Corson-Scott will join the discussion, followed by an informal “meet the artists” session. Refreshments will be served, refer poster below for full details.

Copies of the accompanying publication Pictures They Want to Make – Recent Auckland Photography will also be available. If you are interested in this publication (or learning more about PhotoForum), do feel welcome to chat with us. Current members also have the opportunity to pick up their subscription copies at the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Publication: ‘Pictures They Want to Make – Auckland Recent Photography’


“Pictures They Want to Make – Recent Auckland Photography” by Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling, Published by PhotoForum Inc., Auckland. ©PhotoForum Inc.

Here at PhotoForum we are very excited about our new major publication “Pictures They Want to Make – Recent Auckland Photography” by Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling, with photographs by Mark Adams, Edith Amituanai, Fiona Amundsen, Harvey Benge, Bruce Connew, Chris Corson-Scott, Ngahuia Harrison, Derek Henderson, Ian Macdonald, Haruhiko Sameshima, Geoffrey H. Short and Talia Smith.

Advance copies have now arrived and we are thrilled with the quality of the book. At 27.5 x 30.5cm, 176 pages, hardbound with over 100 colour plates, it is a truly substantial tome. A limited number will be available to view and purchase at Northart gallery, where the associated exhibition “Recent Auckland Photography” is currently on show until 12 June 2013. This publication will be available in selected bookshops and directly from PhotoForum (email photoforumnz@gmail.com) from mid June.

A huge thank-you to ProGear, Nikon New Zealand, Vista Entertainment Solutions and the Wallace Arts Trust for their generous support of this publication.


pgs 94 & 95 – Ngahuia Harrison

pgs 114 & 115 –  Derek Henderson

pgs 128 & 129 – Ian Macdonald

pgs 76 & 77 – Bruce Connew

Note: Reviews and information relating to this publication can be found here.

Opening night: ‘Recent Auckland Photography’ exhibition & book preview

It was great to see such a large crowd in attendance last Sunday night (19th May 2013) for the exhibition opening  of Recent Auckland Photography, at Northart Gallery.  Below is a selection of photos from that evening.

Curated by Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling, the exhibition, (in association with the Auckland Festival of Photography) runs until 12 June 2013. Featured artists are: Mark Adams, Edith Amituanai, Fiona Amundsen, Harvey Benge, Bruce Connew, Chris Corson-Scott, Ngahuia Harrison, Derek Henderson, Ian Macdonald, Haruhiko Sameshima, Geoffrey H. Short and Talia Smith.

We hope many of you will join us at Northart on Saturday June 8 (from 3pm), for the talk by Ron Brownson with Edward Hanfling, followed by an informal “Meet the artists” session.

Also accompanying the exhibition, is the book  Pictures They Want to Make – Recent Auckland Photography by Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling, and published by PhotoForum. A very limited quantity of advance copies have been made available for viewing or purchase at Northart Gallery. The remaining stock  is due mid-June. Enquiries regarding this publication can be emailed to photoforumnz@gmail.com.

Our thanks to Nikon New ZealandProgear Professional Photographics, Vista Entertainment Solutions and The James Wallace Arts Trust for their generous support towards making this publication possible.

Pictures They Want to Make – Recent Auckland Photography also part of PhotoForum’s current subscription offering to members. It’s a great way to receive this substantial (27.5 x 30.5cm, 176 pages, 100 colour plates, hardcover) publication while also supporting the promotion of NZ photography. To find out more about PhotoForum, visit our website at www.photoforum-nz.org.



Ron Brownson (Senior Curator New Zealand and Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery) speaking at the opening of the exhibition “Recent Auckland Photography” at Northart Gallery, 19 May 2013.

PhotoForum director Geoffrey H. Short, speaking about the accompanying publication
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Co-curators Chris Corson Scott (far left), and Edward Hanfling (centre) with exhibiting artist Fiona Amundsen. Exhibition opening of “Recent Auckland Photography” at Northart Gallery, 19 May 2013.

John B. Turner discusses Ian Macdonald’s work with sculptor John Radford. Exhibition opening of “Recent Auckland Photography” at Northart Gallery, 19 May 2013.

Exhibiting artist Ian Macdonald (centre) in conversation with gallery visitors. Exhibition opening “Recent Auckland Photography” at Northart Gallery, 19 May 2013.


McNamara Gallery Photography: ‘Available light: imaging more than we see’

June 7 – August 30 2013
Reception with some of the artists 5.30 pm Friday 7th June
An edited version of this exhibition will be shown at Auckland Art Fair, August 7 – 11

Available light: imagining more than we see

Laurence Aberhart, Mark Adams, Fiona Amundsen, Wayne Barrar, Richard Barraud [Estate], Andrew Beck, Peter Black, Rhondda Bosworth, Murray Cammick, Joyce Campbell, Ben Cauchi, J.W. Chapman-Taylor [Estate], Richard Collins, Lisa Crowley, Hayden Fritchley, Frank Hofmann [Estate], Nikolai Kokx, Adrienne Martyn, Anne Noble, Max Oettli, Fiona Pardington, Trent Parke [Australia], Peter Peryer, Steve Rood, Andrew Ross [image above], Haruhiko Sameshima, Justine Varga [Australia] & Len Wesney

Throughout the history of photography artists have exploited the creative potential of natural and artificial light in their work. Light, and its absence, is a source of inspiration and new technologies have expanded this field considerably.

In this exhibition we explore the transformative quality of light on film “…light changes the ways we respond to the appearance of place…” [2]. Conversely, light pollution can distract from the creative effects of low light.

Utilising available light, darkness becomes both tool and subject. Seemingly unremarkable objects and spaces unpredictably assume a mysterious otherness when emancipated from full light, allowing our imaginations to create the narrative; a perceptual or psychological truth. Restricted light thereby focuses attention, emphasising mood over subject matter and enhances the transcendent power of the medium. Visual legibility is subservient to emotional magnitude. Human presence may be intimated, via ‘props’, through absence. A stage set which, devoid of players, concentrates instead on the evidence of an absence. Capture of available light, and careful attention to tonal values, can also encourage our peripheral awareness. More light, and detail, can distract the mind.

Harnessing the subtle effects of low light is possible with film; a photo-chemical continuum.
“They [traditional photographs] are material objects tangibly connected to the world through the nature of their creation: impressions created with silver filaments suspended in animal gelatin, altered by light and chemistry.”[3] Low light generally means longer camera exposure of the film and a consequent ‘absorption’ of time into the image. Expanding on this point in relation to Laurence Aberhart’s work, Geraldine Barlow writes “[he] chooses a process of stillness, an extended measure of moments over which light acts upon a prepared surface,…There is a special sense of light in Aberhart’s work, never entirely of the now.” [4]

Film has the potential to capture things the eye [and therefore the photographer] cannot see. This potential is expanded with new technologies such as night-vision equipment, which magnifies the available light or is sensitive to infrared light, transforming reality into a science-fiction alien melancholic place. Other equipment can record the infrared and ultraviolet parts of the spectrum, as well as those visible to the eye, creating ‘wide-spectrum’ black-and-white images. New sensors in digital cameras have a low-light capability such that there are no limitations to what hour of the day a photographer can work.

[1] Todd Hido “…imagining more than we see…”

[2] Ron Brownson, exhibition notes: In Shifting Light, New Gallery, Auckland, 2009

[3] Robert Burley The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era, Princeton Architectural Press, 2013

[4] Geraldine Barlow. Published to accompany the exhibition Laurence Aberhart: Monumental, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, May – June 2012

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500
NEW ZEALAND

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
www.mcnamara.co.nz

Northart: Recent Auckland Photography – exhibition & publication

Note – Pictures They Want to Make: Recent Auckland Photography has a RRP of $59.95.  Published by PhotoForum, it is also part of our subscription offer for  this current membership year. With the standard subscription rate being $65.00 it’s a great opportunity to receive the publication (along with other benefits), while also supporting PhotoForum’s broader promotion of New Zealand photography. All enquiries can be emailed to photoforumnz@gmail.com

Update: Check out these recent articles about the exhibition & publication: Harvey Benge’s blog & D-Photo’s interview with Chris Corson-Scott.

Links:
Northart Gallery
Auckland Festival of Photography
PhotoForum
Creative New Zealand

Thinking it through – Tony Watkins and Haruhiko Sameshima

Here’s the latest publication offering from Rim Books, this time in collaboration with Karaka Bay Press (Auckland).

THINKING IT THROUGH
Tony Watkins
Haruhiko Sameshima

Thinking it through was originally published in Home and Building from 1988 to 1996 when Kirsty Robertson, then editor for “Home and Building” invited Tony Watkins, who had for many years been a contributor to the magazine, to begin a new column called simply, “Thinking it through”. She also invited Haruhiko Sameshima to contribute a photograph for each column. For each issue Tony sent an article to Haru and Haru replied with a photograph. Tony in turn responded to each photograph with another article in the next issue. This book is the story of that conversation between an author and a photographer. They did not meet until long after the project was completed.

Tony Watkins’ multifaceted career includes architect, author, educator, activist among others.  In his role as educator and through various organisations Tony has helped form local and global policy on sustainable development and architecture. He is one of the founders of International Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, initiator of Agenda 21, and the Peaceful Cities concept at the UN Habitat II Conference in Istanbul in 1996. As co-director of the International Union of Architects Sustainability Work Programme, representing more than 27 million architects globally, he advocated vernacular architecture which sustains the life of the planet and does no harm to stories, traditions, culture and place.  Tony has also authored numerous books and articles including: “The Human House,” “Piglet the Great of Karaka Bay,” and “Vernacular – An architecture for the RMA and Agenda 21″.

The book is lavishly produced on art-matt paper printed in four colour throughout, featuring 46 essays bookended with prologue and epilogue by Tony Watkins, each accompanied by full colour or rich B&W full page photographs by artist photographer Haruhiko Sameshima especially commissioned for the essays.

The result is an unusually rich tapestry of reading experience: a philosophical journey led by the pioneer thinker of vernacular architecture and sustainability in urban and town planning in New Zealand, thinking through the wider implications of developing human habitats and their impact on the immediate environment, its neighbors and on the planet.

You can view the teaser pdf  HERE

Book details:
Thinking it through
Published jointly by Karaka Bay Press and Rim Books
245mm x 300mm soft cover with flaps
112 pages
46 essays bookended with prologue and epilogue
50 full-page photographs (mostly in colour)
ISBN 978-0-473-22308-3
Available December 2012
RRP $30
Rim Books www.rimbooks.com or email