This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – it’s all about the Auckland Festival of Photography which goes live on 27 May – online, outdoors and on the air. There are plenty of artist talks too. I’ll be “Talking Culture” Saturday 30 May, scroll down for details.
Auckland Festival of Photography
After the success of Head On(line) the organisers of the Auckland Festival, led by the indefatigable Julia Durkin, should have confidence in the e-model which allows the world to come to the Land of the Long White Cloud in safety and view some extraordinary Antipodean work.
“While there’s nothing quite like speaking with artists and viewing their works in person, we are living in extraordinary times,” says Durkin. “The Festival is confident this year’s festival on You Tube will act as a virtual gateway into the lives and works of photographers around the country. We are proud to support and contribute to our arts and cultural sector at this challenging time with Creative New Zealand ERF [emergency relief fund] support.”
True to the Festival’s mandate to support local artists, the 2020 programme features around 150 works by New Zealand photographers including the 10th annual Auckland Festival of Photography commission. Usually awarded to one photographer, this year to celebrate the milestone, three New Zealand artists were invited to create new work – Qiane Matata-Sipu, Saynab Muse and Raymond Sagapolutele.
International artists in the programme include Magnum Photos’ Werner Bischof (below), showing on the Quay Street’s Queens Wharf fence.
Digital screens in Aotea Square feature Jeanne Taris (France), Cali Kurlan (USA), Ilya Ivankin (Russia), Shoufay Derz (Australia) and the show I curated, The Female Eye with works by Kerry Pryor, Helga Salwe, Ilana Rose and Nicola Dracoulis.
The Female Eye
The core programme features an eclectic mix. Here’s a snapshot.
I am speaking at the Talking Culture event on Saturday 30 May at 12noon Auckland time with Helga Salwe one of four artists in the show I’ve curated, The Female Eye. Helga and I will be on the panel later that day: Unseen – Female Identity & Myths in Photography along with Jeanne Taris (France) and Simone Douglas (Australia). It would be great to “see” you there in the Zoom room.