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Short conversations with photographers in New Zealand.
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Short conversations with photographers in New Zealand.
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    Conversations with New Zealand Photographers

    Conversations with New Zealand Photographers

    Artist Statement
    I can recall my first encounter with Māori resentment towards colonisation in 1991. I was watching a One News story about the protests at Pākaitore over local Iwi’s claim to that area of land. I can still remember the first thought that occurred to me as a 12 year old Pākehā – “ohh get over it, that was ages ago”. I’m deeply saddened and embarrassed that my culture had fostered such an ignorant and unempathetic position. As a young Pākehā who thought New Zealand was a paradise decorated with cricket pitches and rugby fields, it was my first experience that all was not well in paradise and deep-seated tensions, resulting from colonial injustices remained unresolved.
    My experience is not isolated but is symbolic of how many Pākehā navigate their position in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The European control of the historical narrative has worked hard to leave out the destructive practices of colonisation in favour of the more comfortable settler narrative. This has left many of us ignorant and poorly equipped to understand what it means to be Pākehā and to navigate the relations between, and our shared history with Māori.
    As I have begun a journey to better understanding my identity as a Pākehā and place in Aotearoa, New Zealand I have confronted the European systems that were established through colonisation. Anne Salmond (p. 2) recognises how these European ‘forms of order’ are so often invisible as they have become the ‘common sense’ and everyday systems we use to structure our lives. Using photography’s strength of representation, I am holding these systems up for critique to highlight how they are culturally designed to serve Pākehā. As observed by Moana Jackson “There is a Westminster constitutional system shaped to serve Pākehā interests in England and then imposed here”. For Māori, this is “a foreign construct”.
    I am hoping that by representing this cultural imbalance in the control of power it can prompt other Pākehā to consider their understanding of history and place in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
    - Thomas Slade, 2023
    Thomas Slade - bio
    I am an artist who works with the medium of photography. I am currently living in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, where I am completing a creative PhD at Massey University. My focus as an artist is on creating research-driven bodies of work and my current PhD practice examines my own Pākehā identity and the impact of colonisation in Aotearoa, New Zealand. My photography explores Pākehā culture and examines characteristics such as our rural heritage and relationship to land. I have exhibited my photography throughout New Zealand since 2013. I am an Associate Fellow of Higher Education and Learning (UKPSF Framework) and have over eight years of experience teaching photography at a tertiary level. I find this role to be a great support to my artistic practice and enjoy the opportunity to give back to current students the positive experience I have had in education. My future aims as an artist are to continue working in photography, research and education. Outside of my work I find great balance to the studio by competing in sports and getting lost in the mountains.

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    • 46 min
    Conversations with New Zealand Photographers - Cody Ellingham

    Conversations with New Zealand Photographers - Cody Ellingham

    PLEASE LIKE AND SUBSCRIBEAndy Spain talks to photographer Cody Ellingham. Cody returned from Japan to New Zealand, started a photography project called New Zealand Nocturnes, photographs of New Zealand housing at night. This coincided with the current housing crisis in New Zealand. The work was due to be shown at the Auckland Festival of Photography before being postponed (twice) because of Covid.Website: https://codyellingham.com/The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/30/haves-and-have-nots-how-the-housing-crisis-is-creating-two-new-zealands-a-photo-essayRNZ: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/standing-room-only/audio/2018698792/expat-kiwi-photographer-cody-ellingham
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    • 44 min
    Conversations with New Zealand Photographers - Ann Shelton (av)

    Conversations with New Zealand Photographers - Ann Shelton (av)

    Shelton began her career as a photojournalist working for daily newspapers, before deciding she wanted more control over her images and deciding to go to art school. As an artist, her work mixes conceptual and narrative traditions of photography. In large-scale, hyper-real photographs she explores histories of people and of places, often bringing forgotten or controversial histories to light. Shelton has also shown a steady interest in the nature of the archive, exploring the collections of others in her work.Shelton first came to attention with the series Redeye. Selected from thousands of photographs taken over a period of two years, the work document Auckland's art scene and its gallery openings, performances and underground events, especially those taking place around the artist-run space Teststrip. Described by the artist as a 'social diary', the series was described by Auckland Art Gallery photography curator Ron Brownson as 'some of the most inventive and risk taking in recent art in New Zealand'.A recent series, jane says, created for her 2016 exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery Dark Matter, features plants traditionally associated with treatments for women's fertility placed in ikebana-like arrangements against vibrant coloured backgrounds. The artist spent a year researching, collecting, arranging and photographing the plants, which include thistle, fennel, rhododendron and yarrow.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Conversations with New Zealand Photographers - Jono Rotman

    Conversations with New Zealand Photographers - Jono Rotman

    Jono Rotman in conversation about his book Mongrelism. Check out the review of the book by Peter Black for Photoforum in 2019 https://www.photoforum-nz.org/blog/2019/8/28/mongrelism-reviewed
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Conversations with New Zealand Photographers - Tim Veling

    Conversations with New Zealand Photographers - Tim Veling

    The cornerstones of Tim’s practice are the psychological landscape and social-political environment. His work straddles the genres of fine art and documentary photography. He is currently engaged in long-term projects relating to the aftermath of Christchurch’s devastating 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Tim lectures in photography at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, New Zealand. He is the director and administrator of Place in Time: The Christchurch Documentary Project.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Conversations with New Zealand Photographers - Caroline McQuarrie

    Conversations with New Zealand Photographers - Caroline McQuarrie

    A conversation with artist photographer, Caroline McQuarrie. Lecturer at Massey University. Her work looks at home, making, domestic, West Coast of NZ.
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    • 48 min

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