PhotoForum at 2015 Pingyao International Photography Festival


PF Pingyao 2015 Title bannerExhibition banner, photograph credit: Barney Brewster, Shrouds c. 1980 (detail).

 

Collective Passion – Singular Visions
PhotoForum – A New Zealand Legacy

19 – 25 September 2015
Pingyao International Photography Festival
Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China

Curator: Nina Seja.
Exhibition coordinator: Ian Macdonald.

An exhibition of over 70 digitally presented images selected from the History in the Taking exhibition and PhotoForum at 40 book, offering the largest photography festival in China an insight in to the influence of PhotoForum on the photographic cultural landscaper of New Zealand over the last four decades.

Supporting exhibition information:
Wall text banner [pdf]
List of works banner
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Update 18/10/15: View a selection of images from  the  2015 Pingyao International Photography Festival at PhotoForum’s facebook Pingyao 2015 album.

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Haruhiko Sameshima’s ‘Bold Centuries’ celebrated as a NZ Classic book

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Shortlisted along with books by Allen Curnow, Dennis McEldowney, Margaret Mahy (with Jill McDonald), and Gordon H Brown, Gregory O’Brien give the thumbs up to Haru Sameshima’s Bold Centuries in his list of five New Zealand classic books worthy of more attention.

Bold Centuries (2009) by photographer Haruhiko Sameshima, O’Brien wrote on ‘Unbound’, the New Zealand Book Council’s web page, ‘ is a thought-provoking, fascinating, exemplary publication. Fizzing with visual and intellectual energy, the book asks all sorts of questions while offering all sorts of pleasures to the committed viewer/reader. It is a notable highpoint in Sameshima’s audacious, uncompromising project as both a photographer and the publisher of Rim Books.’
http://booknotes-unbound.org.nz/great-kiwi-authors-share-great-kiwi-classics/

Bold Centuries: A Photographic History Album, was published by the photographer himself, with assistance from Creative New Zealand and also PhotoForum.

As Andy Palmer wrote, ‘Bold Centuries is not merely an artist survey book, nor just a collection of loosely related images; it is a curated exhibition placing the artist in context with his forebears and his contemporaries.’

This remarkable book, packed with a huge variety of images relating to ecotourism, the subject of Sameshima’s university study, also included essays by Kyra Macfarlane, Ingrid Horrocks, John Wilson, Tim Corbalis, Aaron Lister, Damian Skinner, Fiona Amundsen and Claudia Bell.

A pdf showing a few pages from the 196 page book can be seen here.

Copies are still available from Rim Books, www.rimbooks.com at $60 plus post and packaging in NZ.

 

PhotoForum Website Survey & Update

Survey Update: 15 February 2015

The PhotoForum website survey  is now closed and a huge thank-you to everyone who completed it. We got a great response rate, including 37% from the PhotoForum mailing list, plus a significant number from the wider arts community. This solid response and the many useful comments and suggestions mean that we can be confident of where to put our efforts in the website renewal.
A quick results headline shows that:

  • The majority who completed the survey were PhotoForum current or past members, but pleasingly there were also a good number of people from the wider arts community.
  • The large majority of you get news about PhotoForum from our newsletter, with the website and Facebook in second equal place. People get their news about photography generally from a huge array of mostly online sources, mixed with friends, groups and magazines.
  • In terms of suggested improvements for the site, calls for better design ranked high, better integration between the web and social media, better display of images and use/curation of portfolios. There were also many suggestions for improved content.
  • The top new features that people most wanted were:
  1. News about the latest photography exhibitions, events and opportunities
  2. Reviews and critical commentary of NZ photography books/shows/art fairs
  3. Interviews with significant NZ photographers
  4. Reviews of international photography books/shows/art fairs
  • Over 70 people offered to provide content for the new site
  • Over 85% of people want MoMento to remain as a paper-based magazine, but there was acknowledgement of the greater reach of an online resource. There are also many useful comments about MoMento for us to study
  • Nearly 90% of respondents thought the new PhotoForum site should be ‘A leading resource about New Zealand art photography.’
    There is much for us to analyse in the survey results and our volunteer committee will be working steadily on the project in the coming months and will give you more updates as progress is made.

Thank you all again for this fantastic response – we are really looking forward to building the new, updated and upgraded PhotoForum website.

Geoffrey H. Short
Director, PhotoForum Inc.

Our congratulations to Mark Berger (Wellington)
Survey prize draw winner of a year’s free membership of PhotoForum



Initial Survey communication: 27 January 2015:

PhotoForum’s website began in 1996 has been going in its current form for about seven years – it’s now time for a major upgrade.

We want to revitalise the PhotoForum website and make it a dynamic engaging site that photographers and the wider arts community visit regularly.

We’ve got some ideas for exciting new content and features, but we’d love your help to identify what would be most relevant to you as a photographer or an arts practitioner. We’re also looking for people to contribute interesting new content to the site.

Please help us by completing this brief online survey. [ https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PhotoForum-NZ ]

Everyone who completes the survey will have the opportunity to go into a draw to win a year’s free membership of PhotoForum (for an existing member this would apply to next year’s membership).

We value your response and will keep you updated on progress with the site upgrade. Please forward the survey to anyone else you think would be interested.

The deadline for responses is Thursday 5 February 2015.

Many thanks,

Geoffrey H. Short
Director, PhotoForum Inc.

City Gallery Wellington announces upcoming exhibition: ‘History in the Taking – 40 Years of PhotoForum’

 

John Miller: Police Arson Enquiries, Wellington,  1972
John Miller Police Arson Enquiries, Wellington 1972.


History in the Taking: 40 Years of PhotoForum
14 March – 14 June 2015

3 May 2015, 2pm
John B. Turner, co-founder of PhotoForum, speaks with Luit Bieringa about events leading up to the foundation of PhotoForum and the beginnings of PhotoForum Wellington, from 1965-1975. Followed by a signing of Turner’s latest book, Te Atatu Me: Photographs of an Urban New Zealand Village. Event info here.

28 March 2015, 2pm
Geoffrey H. Short, director of PhotoForum, is joined by Nina Seja, author of PhotoForum at 40: Counterculture, Clusters and Debate in New Zealand to discuss 40 years of art photography in New Zealand. Event info here.

City Gallery Wellington
Civic Square
101 Wakefield St
Wellington
www.citygallery.org.nz
Hours: open daily 10am – 5pm

In 2014, Auckland’s Gus Fisher Gallery presented the exhibition History in the Taking  to celebrate PhotoForum’s 40th anniversary. City Gallery is pleased to be showing the exhibition in Wellington.  Featuring around 150 photographs, the show  traces the development of art photography in New Zealand.  All the images featured in PhotoForum publications, and many have become iconic. Stars like Robin Morrison, Peter Peryer, Anne Noble, Laurence Aberhart, Fiona Clark and Peter Black feature alongside equally remarkable but now-neglected figures. The show also includes publications, posters and other memorabilia.

These days, in New Zealand, photography is accepted as an art form, but it wasn’t always the case. In 1973, John Turner and others founded PhotoForum to lead the charge. Over the years, this grass-roots organisation has promoted photography through exhibitions and publications, particularly its magazine. Within the photography community, PhotoForum was also the catalyst for debates within photography, about the virtues of different approaches and individuals.  A product of the 1970s, PhotoForum saw the medium as entangled with counterculture lifestyles and protest movements. The show offers not only a history of New Zealand photography but also a slice of New Zealand social history. It is accompanied by Nina Seja’s comprehensive history PhotoForum at 40: Counterculture, Clusters, and Debate in New Zealand.

History in the Taking has been toured by PhotoForum. Thanks also to the Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland.

Sourced:
http://www.citygallery.org.nz/exhibitions/history-taking-40-years-photoforum

Related articles:
Interview with John B. Turner, PhotoForum Co-Founder
Interview with Photographer Lucien Rizos
Capture Wellington – PhotoForum Instagram competition
Behind the Scenes with Pauline Autet – Curatorial Assistant & Researcher, City Gallery Wellington

 

EyeContact: Peter Ireland review of ‘Pictures They Want to Make’

EyeContact is a forum built to encourage art reviews and critical discussion about the visual culture of Aotearoa New Zealand. Below are two excerpts from Peter Ireland’s review of the publication Pictures They Want to Make: Recent Auckland Photography.

‘There is no doubt that PTWTM has superb production values. But then, so did the Nuremberg rallies. We’re back to the old Scholastic distinction between appearance and substance, but if anyone’s talking about any kind of excellence, it’s still a distinction with currency. Getting a stamp on your hand for achievement might work in Year One, but post-Year Thirteen in a culture with any depth it seems reasonable to expect a little more than just taking part.’

‘Apart from offering the various photographers a platform it’s hard to know what PTWTM is about. As the authors admit, the “Auckland” net is more holes than string, and why should some sort of regionalist focus matter anyway, taking heed of Jackson Pollock’s remarking on the absurdity of an “American mathematics”. Of course, there’s probably more photography produced in the Auckland region, but if we’re talking sheer volume it might be more to the point discussing hydro-electricity along the Waikato River. And, oddly, PTWTM‘s content isn’t about variety either – the more modest Open the Shutter: Auckland Photographers Now demonstrated a much more diverse range of practice, which in the two decades since has expanded rather than contracting. Upon repeated examination it becomes clearer that what this book is about is the persistence of an amateur outlook formed – however inescapably – in the 1970s, but which has very little reason to exist in the second decade of the 21st century.’ Read the full review HERE.

Peter Ireland – 8 November 2013
EyeContact http://eyecontactsite.com

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

PhotoForum AGM 2013 + Special Offer to members


Image by Kevin Church. Seated clockwise from left are: Geoffrey H. Short (hat). Kathy Lane, Julius Margan, Tony Nyberg, Alex Burton,  Jan Young, Haru Sameshima, Leigh Bell, Melissa Collow.

PhotoForum’s 39th AGM took place on Sunday 29th September 2013 at the home of newly re-elected Director, Geoffrey H. Short. Our thanks to Geoff & Kim for their generous hospitality, and to those members who were able to join us for this occasion. Especially pleasing was the election of a number of new faces to the existing committee lineup.

The 2013/14 committee includes Geoffrey H. Short (Director), Haruhiko Sameshima & John B. Turner (Managing Co-Editors), Jan Young (Secretary), Jenny Tomlin (Treasurer), Kathy Lane, Melissa Collow, Tony Nyberg, Chris Corson-Scott, Leigh Bell, Julius Margan, Shelley Jacobson, and Mark Adams. A full committee listing will be updated shortly, once nominations (of those unable to attend the AGM) has been confirmed.

Our thanks also to PhotoForum member Kevin Church of Opticmix Ltd who not only managed to record the event but who has since extended the following offer to current members. Another good reason to join PhotoForum or renew your subscription for this membership year!


In celebration of photoforum’s upcoming 40th year of operation and recognition of their support of New Zealand photographers, opticmix is pleased to offer a 20% discount on list print prices to all current, paid up photoforum subscribers.

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Titirangi, Auckland
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Art New Zealand review: ‘Pictures They Want to Make – Recent Auckland Photography’

Included in the current issue (No. 147/Spring 2013) of Art New Zealand magazine, is David Eggleton’s extensive (two and half page) book review of  Pictures They Want to Make: Recent Auckland Photography.

Below are two extracts from his review:

“The book itself, containing the work of 12 photographers and more than 100 photographs mostly drawn from longer photo-essays, is an energetic, imaginative production, a splashy publication on an Auckland scale without being unwieldy.”

“In their Introduction, the editors suggest that their selected artists have ‘varying degrees of commitment to notions of “the real”. Ian Macdonald is one who flouts attempts to nail down the real, preferring artifice. He collages digital photographs to create rainforest facades. Here, the New Zealand landscape is presented as an ecological niche, pristine and primal, and through the lush foliage the primeval light beckons. He makes images that are green altars, monumental and hopeful.

Geoffrey H. Short is the anarchist of the bunch, a singular poet, exploding expectations with exhilarating photographs of controlled explosions at Bethells Beach Te Henga. These spectacular bomb-bursts, as the essay on him tells us, are a metaphor for the act of photography itself.”

Review by David Eggleton
Art New Zealand
147/Spring 2013 issue
(pgs 93-95)

Note: Pictures They Want to Make: Recent Auckland Photography is co-authored by Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling, with foreword by Ron Brownson. Further reviews and information relating to this PhotoForum Inc. publication can be found here.

Harvey Benge: Four Parts Religion Six Parts Sin – 20 years on…

‘In 1993 the Auckland based photography collective PhotoForum published my first photobook. I called the book Four Parts Religion Six Parts Sin. The title came from a song played by Texas rocker Jimmy LaFave. I’d heard him perform at Auckland’s notorious Glue Pot pub and music venue, long since demolished. Jimmy said this – Let it out baby stir it up and mix it in. Two parts religion and three parts sin. It’s the truth or consequences because the new king reigns, and desperate men do desperate things. I can’t remember now why I changed the number of parts.

I’ve just discovered a few remaining copies of the book deep in my archive. To celebrate the passage of twenty years and many photobooks in between, I’m offering 10 copies which I will sign and number. The book has 84 pages with 74 photographs.’ Harvey Benge, blog post 17/08/13.

Copies can be obtained directly from: harvey.benge@xtra.co.nz
A selection of images from the publication can be viewed HERE

Links:
http://harveybenge.blogspot.co.nz
http://harveybenge.com/home