‘Real Pictures: Imaging XX’ curated by Nina Seja.

We are very excited to be involved with the exhibition ‘Real Pictures: Imaging XX’ curated by Nina Seja, opening at the Gus Fisher Gallery this Friday 2 June. PhotoForum is publishing the catalogue as PhotoForum issue number 88, which will be distributed to PhotoForum members and be available for sale at the gallery.
Dr Seja wrote the detailed history of PhotoForum ‘PhotoForum at 40’, and it is a pleasure to be collaborating with her again on this project, presenting work by five artists associated with the hugely influential photography gallery and laboratory Real Pictures, which operated in Auckland from 1979 to 1990.

Geoffrey H. Short
Director, PhotoForum Inc.


Catalogue for the exhibition ‘Real Pictures: Imaging XX’ at the Gus Fisher Gallery, 2 – 30 June. Exhibiting artists Sue Gee, Megan Jenkinson, Marie Shannon, Deborah Smith and Jenny Tomlin. Curated by Nina Seja in association with PhotoForum.

Jenny Tomlin, ‘Sedge, Windy Point, Whatipu, 1985’. From the series ‘The Well Kept Wilderness’.

Poster for the exhibition ‘Photographs by Marie Shannon’, Real Pictures, 1985. Image: ‘Waiting for the Tide’ 1985.

Megan Jenkinson, ‘Hand to Hand II’ 1985, Cibachrome collage.

Deborah Smith, ‘The Pursuit of Game (VIII)’ 1988.

Sue Gee, from ‘Chinese Ties’, 1983.


McNamara Photography Gallery: Aspects of Internationalism

The topic of Internationalism with regards to  NZ photography, comes up for comment every so often.  Below are notes compiled by Paul McNamara (McNamara Gallery Photography, Whanganui), as part of his 2011 presention at Art Lounge, Auckland Art Gallery highlighting aspects of Internationalism – the off-shore exhibition and collection of NZ photography. Our thanks to Paul for allowing us to share this information.


The Exhibition & Collection of NZ Photography Nationally & Internationally

Auckland Festival of Photography
Art Lounge Sessions
Sunday 5 June 2011 • 1pm



Looking at the experiences of 19 artists, 8 of whom have off-shore dealer representation and 14 have work in off-shore public collections in: Australia, New Caledonia, Taiwan, Macau, USA, UK, Holland, France & Spain

The selection ‘mechanisms’ involved in these exhibitions are no doubt many and varied, but one anticipates the work is subjected to robust critical debate; that it participates in the international discourse.
It appears that artists who work in tertiary institutions [artist as academic/teacher] are particularly well placed to exhibit internationally as their institutions liaise with off-shore curators and galleries    [- including university galleries].

This factor may give some bias with regard to the type of work shown internationally [e.g. research –/project-based work]. As apposed to social documentary, street photography, architectural, staged etc.
However non-teaching artists Aberhart [1], Adams [5], Cauchi [1], Peryer [1] have also exhibited at university galleries.
I suspect most of these off-shore exhibitions are curated from outside NZ.

Australian photography Centres have exhibited: Aberhart, Adams, Crowley, Henderson, Noble [2], Robertson, Shelton and Tocher.

As you will appreciate from the detail below, off-shore galleries acquire NZ work.
However, one suspects the reverse applies infrequently, namely the acquisition of international work by NZ public collections, apart from the Chartwell Trust. [A private trust collecting a diverse range of contemporary New Zealand and Australian art – Tracey Moffatt, Patricia Piccinini, Bill Henson]

Read more here: Paul McNamara LECTURE – Internationalism AFP 2011 (pdf)



McNamara Gallery Photography  opened 25th January 2002, and exhibits New Zealand, selected Pacific Rim & International, photographically-based art. They are dedicated to exhibiting and promoting lens-based media, and exploring the range of practice, both materially and conceptually.

Visit their Exhibitions page where all exhibitions, including  out-reach exhibitions [29 so far] in blue ink can be found.  Denoted in the listing [via*]  are various genres, and also aspects of materiality [photograph type].

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


Harvey Benge: Sandra Phillips in Auckland

Here’s an update from Harvey Benge  about the recent visit to Auckland, of  Sandra S. Phillips (Senior Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).

Sandra Phillips on Quentin’s seat, Devonport

‘It was a great pleasure to last week share the photography trail with Sandra Phillips; here as guest of the Auckland Art Fair and keynote speaker plus teacher at AUT University’s annual Photography Workshop. In both these capacities Sandra acquitted herself with a tremendous generosity of spirit and a ready willingness to share her remarkable knowledge of the photo world accumulated over her many years as chief curator photography at San Francisco MoMA

Auckland Art Fair – panel discussion

On Thursday of last week Sandra participated in a panel discussion at the Art Fair moderated by senior Auckland Art Gallery curator Ron Brownson together with photographers Marie Shannon, Yvonne Todd and myself. We opened up a conversation, What Photography Sees? – Looking passionately at the world. From my side of the table it seemed to be a lively hour.’ Read the full article HERE.


Auckland Art Fair 2013: Public Programme

Looking through the programme for the Auckland Art Fair (7-11 August 2013), there’s a number of interesting events that the public can get along to. The following list, specifically relates to discussions on photography.

Thurs 8 Aug, 2pm (Level 2)
What Photography Sees? Panel Discussion:
Convenyor: Ron Brownson (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki). A discussion about looking passionately at the world with panelists Sandra Phillips (Keynote Speaker, SFMOMA) and artists’ Harvey Benge, Yvonne Todd, and Marie Shannon.

Fri 9 Aug, 2pm (Exhibitions, meet by Project 1)
Speaking Photography:
Ron Brownson (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki) takes a walking tour of the fair.

Sat 10 Aug, 11am (Stand 29: McNamara Gallery Photography)
Paul McNamara in conversation:
Gallerist Paul McNamara in conversation with artist Andrew Beck and Lisa Crawley (Elam) on the exhibition Available Light: imaging more than we see.

There are numerous other activities taking place as part of the art fair, including presentations on collecting art, the role of public galleries/dealer galleries, plus artist talks. The  full public programme can be viewed here.

Auckland Art Fair 2013

Elam School of Fine Arts: Scheimpflug Principle

Scheimpflug Principle – Large format film photography from Elam  1976 – 2012                                 Exhibition 02 – 25 June 2011                                                                                                                   Opens 01 June (5pm) at projectspace, Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland

An Auckland Festival of Photography 2011 event

2011 PhotoForum Pecha Kucha Night, Auckland

Following on from last year’s success, we are again collaboratively hosting a Pecha Kucha Night as part of the 2011 Auckland Festival of Photography. We hope many of you, along with your friends, can join us for what promises to be another enjoyable and informative evening.

PhotoForum PKN_AKL_26 // Wed 15 June// Hopetoun Alpha // 19 Beresford Sq., Ak Central // Tickets $10 (cash) door sales only // Doors open 7.30pm // Event start 8.20pm.

Leading photographers from diverse backgrounds present their work in the Pecha Kucha 20/20 slideshow format (20 images, each shown for 20 secs, total presentation time 6mins 40 sec). Presenters include: Edith Amituanai, Greta Anderson, Julie Downie, Peter Evans, Jae Hoon Lee, James K. Lowe, John Lyall, John Miller, Peter Peryer, Peter James Quinn, Marie Shannon, Geoffrey H. Short and Wayne Wilson Wong.

For full event details visit  PhotoForum online. To learn more about Pecha Kucha and their upcoming events, click here. Check out Auckland Festival of Photography for other festival events.

Our event is kindly supported by Apix Photographic Supplies.