Judging Panel announced for New Zealand Photobook of the Year

Photobook NZ Logo


The expert photography, publishing, design panel for the New Zealand Photobook of the Year has now been announced. The panel is:

Judging panel chair: David Cook, Photobook NZ committee member, lecturer Massey University

Harvey Benge, photographer, publisher
Paul McNamara, Director of McNamara Gallery Photography
Geoffrey H Short, Director PhotoForum NZ
Anna Brown, Director of Open Lab, Massey University.

There’s cash and credit prizes valued at $10,500 to be won across in three categories:

Self published Photobook of the Year
Trade published Photobook of the Year
People’s choice Photobook of the Year

Entry is free and for those printing their entry with Momento Pro there’s a 40% discount on book prints

Entries close 8 Feb 2016. 
All you need is a print photobook published in the last two years …


Book your space at Photobook New Zealand

One of the highlights of Photobook New Zealand will be the bookfair, starting at the launch party on Friday 11 March 2016 and continuing on Saturday 12 March.

The book fair is a great opportunity to showcase your publications – print or electronic –  to a wide range of interested people, make sales and network with others. We want to show a wide range of excellent, innovative New Zealand and international photobook publishing, and welcome bookings and inquiries.

To answer a question we were asked recently – it’s also fine to book a space just to show your work, rather than sell it.

There are flexible options for configuring spaces and we’ve done our best to keep prices affordable.

Bookings close on 14 February 2016 or when all spaces are booked. Spaces are filling, so don’t delay.

CNZ grant

The Photobook New Zealand team was delighted to learn that we’ve received a Creative New Zealand grant for our event. Combined with our generous sponsorship from Momento Pro and funding from our wonderful Boosted supporters, we have the budget to realise New Zealand’s first Photobook event as we intend it. We’re looking forward to sharing the awards, the bookfair and the great programme of speakers and panels with you, and others interested in the arts.

If you know anyone or any organisation who’d be interested in entering the awards, being part of the book fair or just coming to the event, please share this information.

Momento Pro is the sponsor of the New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards and Photobook New Zealand


Photobook New Zealand & Momento Pro announce Photobook Of The Year Awards


We are delighted to announce that Photobook New Zealand and Momento Pro are presenting the first New Zealand Photo Book Of  The Year Awards. The Awards have been established to celebrate excellence in self-published and trade published photo books, and to showcase New Zealand photo books to a growing international audience.

There are three categories for the Awards:

Self published photobook
Trade published photobook
People’s choice

Momento Pro are offering cash and credit prizes valued at $10,500. The awards will be presented at the launch of  Photobook New Zealand on 11 March 2016 at Massey University and will be on display during the Photobook NZ fair.

For more information about the awards visit:

Momento Pro are also the major sponsor of Photobook New Zealand.

Mary Macpherson

Photobook New Zealand – ‘Boosted’ crowdfunding campaign

Photobook New Zealand has just kicked off their Boosted crowdfunding campaign. Their Photobook Fair will be held from 11-13 March 2016 in Wellington, and will feature displays of photographer’s books and a programme of exciting speakers from New Zealand and Australia. Please help share this news and support this upcoming event.

Photobook New Zealand team. From left: Gabrielle McKone, John Pennington, Mary Macpherson, and David Cook. (Absent: Mark Strange)

Photobook New Zealand is a brand new event to give New Zealand’s wonderful photographers and independent presses the opportuntiy to showcase their books.

It will be held from 11-13 March 2016 in Wellington and feature displays of photographers’ books and a programme of exciting speakers from New Zealand and Australia.

Internationally photographers’ book festivals are major annual art events, with rewards for excellent and innovative work. We want to celebrate New Zealand’s photographic talent with you. We will hold New Zealand’s first festival of photographers’ books to help attract a wide audience for our talented bookmakers and focus international attention on their work. This year, for the first time ever, you will be able to enter your photobook in the New Zealand Photobook of the Year awards sponsored by Momento Pro.

To find out more and to help make Photobook New Zealand happen, make a Boosted donation  [ http://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/photobook-new-zealand ] and share this information.

Photobook New Zealand is organised in association with PhotoForum Inc.
Website: photoforum-nz.org/photobooknz


Massey & Syacruse Universities: Exhibition & Symposium in Wellington

Reflex Figment _Massey University

reflex, figment Exhibition
Shannon Te Ao, Richard Bell, Stu Foster + Kura Puke, Karl Fritsch + Gavin Hipkins, Jeremy Millar, Dane Mitchell, Sally J. Morgan, Morgan + Richards, Anne Noble

2 – 18 September 2015
Opening Tuesday 1 September 2015, 7.30 pm

Engine Room
East End Block 1,
Massey University
63 Wallace Street, Entrance C

Curated by Heather Galbraith, in conjunction with the Triggering Memory symposium, 1–2 September 2015, a partnership between Massey University, Syracuse University and The Memory Waka.

Reflex, figment is supported by Whiti or Rehua School of Art, College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwharangi, Massey University.

Triggering Memory Symposium 2015_Massey University

A Massey University-Syracuse University-Memory Waka partnership presents the Triggering Memory Symposium to be held:
1-2 September 2015
The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko
College of Creative Arts
Massey University
Wellington, New Zealand.

Registration now available.

Triggering Memory Symposium 2015

What initiates the willed or involuntary process of recall when memories might be, as A. S. Byatt describes, “taken out, burnished, and contemplated”? Sensory experiences, places, objects, images, language, rituals, and therapy are some of the means by which memory is evoked. Distinguished speakers from a variety of fields in New Zealand representing Massey University, The University of Auckland, Te Papa, and AUT, will be joined by artists and scholars from Syracuse University, United States, to present their perspectives on ‘triggering memory’.

For full details including presenters list please refer [pdf] Triggery Memory_2015
To register please go to: https://triggering-memory-symposium.lilregie.com/


Photobook New Zealand 2016: Venue announcement

Te Ara Hihiko

Photobook New Zealand is delighted to announce that Massey University’s College of the Creative Arts has become a supporter and will provide the venue and technical support for our event.

Photobook New Zealand is New Zealand’s first photobook fair. The event will run in Wellington from 11 – 13 March, 2016, during the New Zealand Festival Writers’ Week when the city is buzzing with cultural activity.

Massey’s beautiful, well-equipped Te Ara Hihiko complex, in Tasman St, will host the bookfair and the exciting programme of talks and events. The Massey building offers the advantages of an auditorium and flexible spaces for bookfair exhibitors and informal talks and discussions.

Combining the different elements in one spacious building will allow book fair exhibitors to attract the audience attending the talks programme and make an easy flow between both parts of the programme. Tasman St is also close to Wellington’s CBD and the complex also offers plentiful parking.

Photobook New Zealand is currently signing some exciting Australian and New Zealand presenters for our programme. We’ll also shortly be announcing our Boosted funding initiative which will give people the opportunity to help us fly.

Photobook New Zealand is organised under the auspices of PhotoForum NZ. Website:photoforum-nz.org/photobooknz

If you’d like to receive updates about Photobook New Zealand, please email us at photobooknz@gmail.com

Massey University, Wellington: Peter Turner Memorial Lecture



Massey University
Peter Turner Memorial Lecture 2015

Paul Seawright
Landscapes of Conflict: Photography, Society and Contested Space

Paul Seawright is acclaimed internationally for his photographic depictions of the contested, peripheral and marginal spaces of political and social conflict. Beginning with his own work on the conflict in Northern Ireland Paul Seawright will discuss how he and other artists have extended the possibilities of photographing conflict in an era corrupted by mainstream media representations. His photographs of the theatre of war as played out in the internal landscape of the US newsroom reveal the media itself as the creator of illusion and entertainment.
His lecture will also explore the interconnecting threads that run through much of his work – from investigatons of the minefields and battlesites of the Afghanistan war  to his more recent work about subtle and invisible sites of conflict found in prosaic urban environments – such as the listed dwellings of sex offenders and the invisible sites of military recruitment across the USA.

Paul Seawright is Professor of Photography and Head of Belfast School of Art at the Ulster University. In 2002 he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum London as War Artist for Afghanistan and his photographs of battle-sites and minefields have subsequently been exhibited in more than 20 countries. In 2003 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art and in 1997 won the Irish Museum of Modern Art/Glen Dimplex Prize. He has published seven monographs on his multiple award winning photographic projects.

The Peter Turner Memorial Lecture 2015 is a free event and we are kindly asking you to register your attendance here peter-turner- lecture-2015.lilregie.com as there are limited seats available.

Wednesday 9 September 2015
5.30–7 pm
The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko, Block 12
Massey University, Wellington Campus
Entrance E, Tasman Street
Free Parking

Photospace Gallery: ‘What We Saw’ – photographs by Sally Griffin



The exhibition What We Saw at Photospace Gallery is Sally Griffin’s first photography show. The images are from the artist’s personal collection of black and white photos. It features well-known, and not so well-known, artists and political figures such as Phil Clairmont, Tony Fomison, Merata Mita, Tim Shadbolt and many more.

Sally will give a a floor talk of stories about the photos on Saturday 16 May at 2pm. Admission is free.

Exhibition/artist info:

Photospace Gallery
James Gilberd
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
T: 04 382 9502 M: 027 444 3899
Gallery hours: from 10am Mon-Fri, 11am Saturday