Familial focus: Chloe Riddell

University of Auckland student Chloe Riddell was recently named a finalist in the Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus competition, an international search for the best and brightest in the new generation of photographers. Chloe speaks to D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about her successful image (The Twins, below), the series it comes from, and her future plans.

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D-Photo: Hi Chloe, can you tell us a little bit about your background?

Chloe Riddell: I am from Hastings originally but spent most of my childhood in American Samoa and Ghana. Spent my adolescent years back in Hastings. My interest in art expanded to an interest in photography in high school, learning and experimenting with black-and-white film photography.

I moved to Auckland to study at Elam where I began to use medium format cameras and continued using black-and-white. Then in my senior years I started using a large format camera with colour film and began to learn darkroom colour printing.

I really enjoy the elements of analogue photography and it has become a defining feature of my art practise.

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Large format in action

1983_22_66 pressIf you’ve ever been keen to learn more about large format photography processes, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is this weekend giving patrons a chance to assuage curiosity with a free large format photography demonstration.

As part of the Kinder’s Presence exhibition currently on display at the gallery, photographer Chris Corson-Scott will walk attendees through the 150-year-old process of image creation with a traditional 8×10-inch analogue camera.

The demonstration is taking place on Sunday, March 16 from 1pm at the Mackelvie gallery on the building’s mezzanine level and entry is free to all – as is the Kinder’s Presence exhibition.

The exhibition itself, which runs until April 27, presents a series of watercolour paintings and early photographs by the Reverend Doctor John Kinder, a prolific colonial artist, accompanied by recent works from Corson-Scott and photographers Mark Adams and Haru Sameshima.

The contemporary photographers pay homage to Kinder, using the same large-scale negatives the colonial artists did, as well as returning to places and subjects that Kinder painted or photographed.

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Workshop Wednesday 13.03.14

There are a wealth of photography workshops available these days across a wide array of subjects — each Wednesday we round up a list of upcoming events from the photographers D-Photo trusts to deliver an exciting and educational experience.

Rotorua adventure

Mead Norton

Expert lifestyle outdoor photographer Mead Norton is running a weekend workshop ranging around scenic Rotorua. Kicking off on Friday evening, March 28 and wrapping on Sunday, March 30, the workshop includes dynamic training sessions on composition, natural lighting, elements of a successful image, environmental travel portraiture, tailored gear advice, image critiquing and advice on digital editing and printing.

The workshop is suitable for photographers of all levels and is limited to 12 participants – head to Mead’s website for his credentials and shoot him an email on mead@meadnorton.com for further details and to secure your place.

Portrait workshop savings

Paul Petch

If you have been meaning to brush up on your portrait technique now would be a good time to commit – commercial photographer Paul Petch is currently ...full story

A rare case of hindsight: Harvey Benge

Sixty images plucked from throughout the prolific career of photographer Harvey Benge were recently put to public display in the Ways of Seeing exhibition, at Auckland’s Northart gallery. Not usually one to dwell on past work, Benge talks to us about putting the retrospective show together, his predilection for photobooks, and the local photography culture (or lack thereof).

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D-Photo: Hi Harvey, can you give us a brief overview of what the Ways of Looking exhibition is all about?

Harvey Benge: This was a last minute idea from Northart because the Prime Minister and Mayor were going to visit the gallery. Basically, we just cleared out my studio of a huge amount of work and Ross Ritchie selected and had it hung.

Sixty images in a show is rather more than you usually see, what’s the thinking behind that number?

There was no thinking behind that number, that was just how the show finished up.

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Miyako Ishiuchi receives Hasselblad Award

hasselblad-award2014-8Renowned Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi has been named this year’s recipient of the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, accompanied by a sizable cash prize.

The award, given out each year to a photographer “recognized for major achievements”, is worth 1,000,000 Swedish Krona (about NZ$185,000) and was awarded to Ishiuchi at an award ceremony in Tokyo late last week.

The foundation says Ishiuchi was chosen for the award because over a career of 35 years her uncompromising vision has produced some of the most powerful and personal representations of postwar Japan.

“Ishiuchi’s work is extremely coherent and developing in a determined and distinctive way; using the camera and all of its aesthetic potential to investigate the intersection of the political and the personal aspects of memory Ishiuchi has been both a pioneer and a role model for younger artists, not least as a woman working in the male-dominated field of Japanese photography,” the foundation’s citation explains.

Ishiuchi joins a prestigious line up of photographers who have received the award since its inception in 1980, including Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, William Eggleston and Cindy ...full story

Full steam ahead for ex-photojournalism veteran

Legendary photographer Peter Bush tracks down an old friend to talk about jumping tracks from photojournalist to locomotive engineer in The Photographer’s Mail

I would like to introduce photojournalist Andrew Gorrie, who embodies every quality I admire about the new age of photographers.

He’s a tall, unassuming, highly talented man who enjoys talking shop about his favourite images created by photojournalists of past years, like Cartier-Bresson, as well as some of the up-and-coming younger photogs of the new age. Andrew is still very passionate about all aspects of photography and, until recently, he was a top photojournalist on Wellington’s Dom Post, the capital’s daily newspaper. Now, however, he is a locomotive engineer, driving the trains that deliver the daily paper he once worked on to readers throughout the Wellington region.

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Now, before anyone starts asking if he was fired or became bored with life, this was a decision he made after careful consideration with his Brazilian-born wife, Ceci. And, yes, he still loves photography.

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The roads home: Harry Culy

Returning home after years abroad, photographer Harry Culy decided to reacquaint himself with Aotearoa by taking a series of road trips throughout the country, his camera along to document the odyssey. He talks with D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about the unearthed  darkness and beauty that make up his photo project, By the Wayside.

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D-Photo: Hi Harry, to begin with can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

Harry Culy: Hello. I  have just finished my studies up at Massey University. I’m a documentary and freelance photographer based between NZ and Australia.

Can you give us a brief outline of the By the Wayside exhibition?

By the Wayside was a project I started not long after returning to New Zealand after being abroad for five years. I came back with this new perspective on my homeland – so I started taking road trips at any available chance. I actually ended up going all over New Zealand. It was a great excuse to get to know Aotearoa again, meet the people and see the sights. I would just drive around and pull over at ...full story