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.

To leave a secure newspaper job like that is a challenge I could imagine a young teenager reaching out ...full story

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

Game-changing: HD DSLR film-making

Luke White looks at the origins of the rapidly growing HD DSLR film-making trend and explains why you should get on board in the first in his ongoing series of columns of film-making for The Photographer’s Mail

It all changed in September 2008. That was when photographer Vincent Laforet managed to get hold of a pre-production Canon 5D Mark II. The camera had been announced a week earlier, and Laforet was intrigued by the idea of a DSLR with video recording capabilities. It wasn’t easy to talk Canon into lending him an unreleased camera for a weekend but, fortunately for Canon, Laforet is a very persuasive man. Reverie was shot in less than 72 hours; the short film was watched more than two million times within a fortnight of its release, and the rest is history.

Reverie by Vincent Laforet, shot with Canon 5D Mark II

Suddenly here was a completely new tool in the hands of photographers across the world and it was free, built right into their camera.

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World Press Photo 2014 gallery

D-Photo is proud to present a selection of winners from the latest edition of the world’s biggest and most prestigious photojournalism competition, the World Press Photo contest.

Marking 57 years of the event, 2014 saw 53 photographers of 25 nationalities across the globe awarded prizes in nine themed categories.

World Press Photo of the Year 2013

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John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic

February 26, 2013, Djibouti City, Djibouti: African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.

Speaking of the winning image, jury member Jillian Edelstein praised Stanmeyer for the subtle poetics underlying a message of grave relevance.

“It’s a photo that is connected to so many other stories—it opens up discussions about technology, globalization, migration, poverty, desperation, alienation, humanity. It’s a very sophisticated, powerfully nuanced image.” (more…)

Society’s heights

Marlborough will play host to the Photographic Society of New Zealand when it holds its 62nd National Convention in April. Reflecting on last year’s convention, the organization’s president, Shona Jaray, takes a look at some of the distinguished work on show while Adrian Hatwell discusses some of the esteemed speakers

Natex: The National Exhibition of the Photographic Society of NZ

Some of the best photographic images that New Zealand has to offer are shown at the National Exhibition (Natex) of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. Held each year in conjunction with the National Convention of the Photographic Society, Natex is open to all New Zealand residents, irrespective of whether or not they are members of the Photographic Society.

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Eric Young trophy for Best Landscape Digital Image, Bevan Tulett FPSNZ, The Glow As a New Day Begins

Marlborough Camera Club and Nelson Camera Club have the opportunity to host the convention this year and follow the high standards 2013′s host, Kapiti Coast Photographic Society, ...full story