Light in darkness: Neil Silverwood

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Adrian Hatwell chats with Neil Silverwood, one of the country’s very few dedicated cave photographers

The lightless void of a subterranean tunnel system may not immediately appeal as the best place to go exploring with your camera, but to Neil Silverwood nowhere is as ripe with as much photographic possibility as an uncharted underground cave.

“It’s something no one else is photographing, it’s my own little niche,” explains the South Island photographer. “The marble cave systems are quite remote and hard to get into — if you’re photographing in there you know it’s the first time that it’s ever been shot by anyone.”


Upskill at the Auckland Zoo

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If you fancy the opportunity to shoot some photos of exotic animals you wouldn’t usually capture in your everyday life without braking the bank on international travel, the Auckland Zoo has some fresh workshop offerings that can scratch that itch.

Bring your DSLR along to the zoo and professional photography tutors can help you lift your game, whether you’re an auto shooter or more experienced enthusiast, in a recently relaunched workshop programme set amidst the collection of native and exotic wildlife.

There are three types of  workshops available through the Auckland Zoo — the beginners’ workshop, the intermediate workshop, and the young photographer’s workshop.

Beginners’ workshop:

If you’ve got a DSLR camera and you want to learn how to use it to its full potential, this workshop is for you. You’ll receive a run down on all the basics of your camera and how to use your camera beyond its automatic modes.

Two photography tutors will take you round the zoo and help you understand how to use your camera like a professional. There ...full story

Win tickets to hear from world-class talent

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With Semi-Permanent creeping up fast, it won’t be long before a pair of world-class photographers arrive in Auckland to discuss their impressive careers with the city’s creative community – and we have tickets to give away.

Kayt Jones, a highly awarded LA-based fashion photographer and Ashley Gilbertson, an Australian documentary photographer with the prestigious VII Photo Agency, will both be attending the Auckland leg of the global creative festival to be held May 2–3.

D-Photo has 20 two-day passes to Semi-Permanent, worth $200 each, to give away to those who subscribe or renew their subscription to D-Photo before April 22; click here to get your entry sorted.

British-born Jones is renowned for her strongly feminine, cinematic imagery, regularly published in international fashion magazines like VsElleEsquire, and i-D.

Gilbertson has won many accolades for his coverage of dangerous conflict zones across the globe, including the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He was a recipient of a National Magazine Award for his series in The New York Times Magazine, Bedrooms of the Fallen, in which he shot the empty bedrooms of ...full story

Eyes on Asia winners gallery

In D-Photo no. 59 we featured interviews and imagery from the winners of the inaugural Eyes on Asia competition, designed to showcase the best of positive travel images from the Asia-Pacific region. Here we present a full gallery of profiles from the winners featured in that issue.

 Overall winner: John White, Australia

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He shot rock and roll

Prolific British photographer David Corio talks to Adrian Hatwell about shooting some of pop music’s biggest stars

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Few would argue that rock and roll reverberates beyond mere sound; its impact has always been just as inextricably linked with image. That’s what makes music photographers the unsung heroes of the rock revolution — they brave ravenous fans, risk life and lens in mosh pits, and put up with stroppy celebrities to bring us the images that make icons.

Veteran music and portrait photographer David Corio has been at it for over three decades, shooting a huge range of live shows and portraits of some of the most important names in the business. His love of music began at an early age, with a particular fondness for the blues and early British R&B, and once he came to the conclusion that his guitar skills were never going to make him the next Clapton he dove into photography.

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Workshop Wednesday 26.03.14

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

Natural, naked indulgence

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Celebrated Australian photographer Ken Ball returns to our shores in October for the second annual Creative Photography Indulgence workshop event, this time focussing on impressionistic nudes and nature photography.

Local art photographer Eva Polak will join Ball in hosting two three–day workshops on Waiheke Island, one beginning October 25 and the other October 29. Last year’s Creative Indulgence sessions sold out, so get in quick if you’re keen; email for details.

Wild talk


Trevor Penfold, one of New Zealand’s most esteemed nature photographers, will be giving a talk in Hamilton about animal photography on the morning of Tuesday, April 1.

The event, hosted by Hamilton’s Continuing Education organisation, costs a mere $3 for entry and promises to be an entertaining time, with Trevor recounting some of ...full story

Kingsize Scholarship applications close soon

Ralph_01Emerging photographers take note, applications are closing soon for the second intake of the Kingsize Scholarship, designed to give attendees a leg up into a career as a professional photographer.

You have until the end of March to apply for a spot on this twelve-week programme to develop all the technical competency, artistic understanding and commercial common sense you need to make your start in the business of photography.

To be in with a shot at this unique opportunity you must put together a portfolio and cover letter to be sent in to Kingsize by 10am, March 31 – see the website for more details.

Beginning April 8, the class will meet every Tuesday evening at Kingsize Studios in Grey Lynn for group critique sessions and talks from guest speakers and industry experts. Photographers will have free access to studios and equipment as well as full support from the expert team at Kingsize to shoot their weekly briefs or assignments.

For an idea of what to expect from the programme, see D-Photo‘s coverage of the inaugural scholarship class ...full story