AFoP13: Features of China

features of china 2Though a fair few exhibitions had already kicked off as part of the event, the 2013 Auckland Festival of Photography‘s ribbon was officially cut last night with the opening of Chen Haiwen’s extensive Features of China show.

Hosted at Auckland central’s Aotea Centre, the exhibition is a black and white sample of Chen’s hugely ambitions project to photograph members of all 56 of China’s ethnic groups. The result is a series of group portraits observed with such details that they act as much as a tour through China’s varied landscapes as a survey of its people.

Exhibited as a winding maze of white display wall strategically packed into the centre’s modest fourth level, exploring the series is an absorbing and slightly surreal experience. Each of the prints is accompanied by a very brief description of the location (down to longitude and latitude), but the most of the information remains purely visual, the viewer left to discover detail and context.

The project took place over twelve months in 2008-2009, with Chen and his crew organising shoots with 1125 different people ...full story

D-Tech: Lighting Techniques for Travel Portraiture

Jackie-Ranken-on-locationAs I look through the previews from my last overseas trip, I find it’s the photographs of people that ultimately remind me of the journey and it’s the interaction with people that makes the travel experience more memorable and authentic. This interaction demands that the photographer take control to a certain degree. In the previous issue I discussed making travel portraits with a limited kit — just your DSLR camera and lenses. Here I will discuss ways of making travel portraits with the added kit of a tripod and torch.

A good tripod is the tool that will allow you to shoot portraits in low light with low ISO. (more…)

Delight in detail: Denise Batchelor

D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog looks at interesting photographers doing interesting things – Denise Batchelor tells us about capturing  the minutiae of nature in her Auckland Festival of Photography exhibition, Silent Wings.

D-Photo: Can you please briefly describe your Silent Wings exhibition?

Denise Batchelor: Silent Wings is a solo exhibition composed of both still and moving image and is currently showing at Lopdell House Gallery, offsite in New Lynn as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. The material was selected from earlier as well as new work and focuses on the detail that exists in a world largely unseen.

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Kingfisher

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Prizes revealed: Monochrome category

This year’s Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition is out biggest to date, not only do we have more categories than ever before but, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are also offering our largest prize pool to date – totalling over $13,000.

With much gratitude to Photo Warehouse we today unveil fantastic prizes up for grabs in this year’s Monochrome category:

First place: Datacolor Spyder 4 Express colour calibrator, worth $215.

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Interpreting Aotearoa: Vicky Thomas

D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog looks at interesting photographers doing interesting things – Vicky Thomas talks to us about putting together her upcoming Auckland Festival of Photography exhibition, Hue and Saturation, with collaborator Deane-Rose Ngatai.

D-Photo: Can you briefly describe the Hue and Saturation exhibition?

Vicky Thomas: It is an exhibition of poster style photographic prints inspired by Papatuanuku and Ranginui.

Waikato, Vicky Thomas

Waikato, Vicky Thomas

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Prizes revealed: Travel category

This year’s Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition is out biggest to date, not only do we have more categories than ever before but, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are also offering our largest prize pool to date – totalling over $13,000.

With much gratitude to Lexar we today unveil fantastic prizes up for grabs in this year’s Travel category:

First place: Lexar 1000X CF 65GB memory card, worth $780.

Travel first place 64GB_PRO_CF_1000x (more…)

D-Feature: Brett Phibbs – The Short Order Artist

the-short-artist-03Of the many ways to earn your crust in photography, photojournalism for a daily newspaper has to be one of the most hectic. Chasing stories wherever they may lead, jumping from one subject to the next at a moment’s notice and making sure every single job is fit to print — just thinking about it is exhausting. But for veteran photojournalist Brett Phibbs, working the beat provides a kick like no other job.

“It’s the adrenalin. You can wait all day just for ten seconds of adrenalin when you get your picture. That’s the beauty of the job, the rush when it happens,” he chuckles. “Beats digging ditches.” (more…)