Today the Auckland Festival of Photography’s programme is available online and throughout the city.
This year the annual festival runs from May 30 to June 21 throughout Auckland, in a citywide celebration of photography.
The free festival is New Zealand’s largest photographic occasion, with a programme packed with exhibitions and special events inviting the public to celebrate the city’s rich pool of photographic talent.
As a media sponsor of the festival D-Photo will once again bring you the indispensable Insiders Guide to the Auckland Festival of Photography in our forthcoming issue, on sale May 20.
The festival organisers have again arranged a diverse array of exhibitions from both international and local talents, including a return of the enthralling Talking Culture symposium and work from the recipient of the Annual Fine Arts Commission.
This year’s recipient is Auckland-based artist Jennifer Mason, whose images rework photographs of interiors into new spaces that contain odd spatial transplants that alter the appearance of scale and perspective.
Once again the festival will comprise both a Signature programme of professionally curated exhibitions and a Fringe component, in which all sorts of spaces through ...full story
This week D-Photo headed along to Panasonic New Zealand’s annual consumer roadshow to catch a glimpse – amongst the smart TVs, monstrous mini-systems and futuristic kettles – of the company’s latest Lumix digital camera offerings.
Cutting the cord
The proliferation of mobile phones with built-in cameras has had an undeniable affect on the digital point-and-shoot market, one that many compact camera manufacturers are still trying to adapt to. Rather than fighting the phones, Panasonic has decided to ensure some of its new Lumix models play nicely with Android and iOS devices.
While there are a number of wi-fi enabled cameras currently on the market, the new top-shelf travel compact Lumix TZ40 takes the function’s simplicity to a new level with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. What this essentially means is the camera can wirelessly link to any NFC-compatible smartphone or tablet by simply touching the two units together.
From there, with Panasonic’s dedicated imaging app installed on the phone or tablet, the camera can automatically transfer images directly after they have been taken, either to the device or ...full story
D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog looks at interesting photographers doing interesting things – Auckland photographer Emma Bass tells us about the next edition of her forlorn foliage series, Imperfect. The Imperfect II exhibition will be on display at Auckland’s Black Asterisk gallery from April 19 to May 8.
D-Photo: Can you briefly describe what your Imperfect exhibitions consist of?
Emma Bass: Photographic images showing the impermanance of flowers within the permanent structures of old vases. These images are ultimately about the inevitable passing of life.
What is it about the wilting flowers that appeals to you?
They are not just wilting flowers they are also damaged and include weeds, they are plants that normally would not be considered worthy of putting in a vase. While they are well past their prime there is still an exquisite beauty about them. This reflects on the fragility and impermanance of life.
How did you come by the idea for a series dedicated to ailing flowers? (more…)
One of the great living American photographers this year has his renowned career honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Photography award.
William Eggleston, widely acknowledged as one of the most important contributors to the art of colour photography, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the annual award, given as part of the Sony World Photography Awards programme.
The artist will receive the award at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony in London on Thursday 25 April, and a special display of his work will also be on display at Somerset House during the awards exhibition.
Finding his subjects in the minutiae of everyday suburban America, Eggleston’s colour transparency photos comprised one of the first and most important colour photography exhibitions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1976.
Talking about the award and his work’s contribution to the art form Eggleston states simply, “The world is in colour”.
“To paraphrase my friend John Szarkowski, my attempt has been to see simultaneously, both the blue and the sky as one thing.”
The World Photography Organisation’s creative director, Astrid Merget, describes Eggleston as one of the ...full story
It’s not hard to get motivation to shoot when the sun is out and the sky is blue — when the weather packs in it’s another story. But New Zealand’s winters offer a host of unique photographic opportunities even when the weather isn’t inviting. We talk to PSNZ National Conference guest speakers Julian Apse (JA), Jackie Ranken (JR) and Kevin Tyree (KT) about getting the most out of winter.
Why shoot winter?
JA: It’s a great time of year to shoot, short days and a warm fire to get home to, I wish winter was longer and there was more snow like July last year around Queenstown.
KT: The truth all photographers learn is that the best photography is when there is more adverse weather. The approaching storm, the first light after the snowstorm, the big nor’-west sky late in the day, the misty morning.
JR: The skies are bluer and the air is cleaner here than many places on the planet. In the North Island the steaming thermal areas like Rotorua are much more dramatic in the winter because the surrounding air ...full story
When starting out in photography one of the most important concepts to wrap your head around is composition. Pip Payne, one of the photography instructors at the Bring Your Own Laptop training organisation, lays out the foundations of good composition for beginners.
I run graphic design and photography courses in Wellington with BYOL. My favourite class is entry level Photography.
Design students ask, ‘What is good design?’ Whereas photography students ask the same question a different way – ‘What is good composition?’ This is my answer to both:
Imagine you invite someone round for dinner, making them feel special by ‘setting’ the table. Maybe some flowers – making an effort, right? Bang, we have focal point and repetition — two powerful elements of composition. It’s the same principle wherever we want to attract and hold attention. In Photography, we invite eyes into our image.
Lack of composition is like dropping some cutlery on the table (okay so that’s fortuitous pattern, which is good) then we tell our guest to grab a plate from the
pile and help themselves! Feeling the love yet? We make ...full story
D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog looks at interesting photographers doing interesting things – today we talk with Lucy Fisher, a photographer originally from the UK and currently based in Auckland who likes to roam the world shooting people’s legs. You can view more images at The Next Leg project’s Tumblr and Facebook pages.
D-Photo: Can you briefly describe what The Next Leg project is all about?
Lucy Fisher: The Next Leg is a global photographic documentary of legs, shot in a paparazzi style. The aim is to connect the world by their legs, and highlight the differences and similarities in people all over the world, along with documenting fashion trends and social intricacies. None of the photos are cropped, as I enjoy the challenge of capturing the exact moment and all that surrounds it. Sometimes I don’t see the details behind the legs until I’m editing – and that makes it more exciting. There can be a hidden piece of graffiti or a reflection in a puddle that just makes the picture.
How did you come up with the idea?
I have always taken pictures of my own legs and also my friends, ...full story