Auck­land Fes­ti­val Of Photography

Auck­land Fes­ti­val Of Photography Soon to run its 15th event, the Auck­land Fes­ti­val Of Photography con­tin­ues to ex­pand and at­tract an in­ter­na­tional line-up of ex­hibitors to New Zealand. Ali­son Stieven-Tay­lor re­views the 2015 fes­ti­val as a taster for this y

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It’s only a short hop across ‘the ditch’ and Auck­land’s an­nual photography fes­ti­val of­fers plenty of va­ri­ety. To whet your ap­petite for this year’s event – on through­out June – Ali­son Stieven-Tay­lor re­calls the high­lights from 2015.

In a year when the le­git­i­macy of the pho­to­graph as proof is un­der ques­tion once again with the rum­blings in the last World Press Photo awards, the con­cept of truth and fic­tion in photography seemed an ap­pro­pri­ate theme to ex­plore in the 12th an­nual Auck­land Fes­ti­val of Photography in 2015. Fes­ti­val direc­tor Ju­lia Durkin says the choice of theme – Truth And Fic­tion – pro­gresses the con­ver­sa­tion around dig­i­tally con­structed im­agery, and also al­lows for the in­cor­po­ra­tion of pho­to­jour­nal­ism, pro­vid­ing the fes­ti­val’s au­di­ence the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with the new as well as the fa­mil­iar.

The 2015 pro­gram com­bined the fic­tional and imag­i­nary worlds of in­ter­na­tional artists like Ju­lia Fuller­ton Bat­ten (UK), Jae Hoon Lee (Korea) and Maria Ka­pa­jeva (Rus­sia) along­side “hard hit­ting fac­tual pho­to­jour­nal­ism”, in­clud­ing group screen­ings from Angkor Photo Fes­ti­val. There was also solid rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the lo­cal pho­to­graphic com­mu­nity in New Zealand, with in­di­vid­ual and group shows plus a new se­ries by 2015’s com­mis­sioned artist, P.J. Pater­son.

Port­fo­lio re­views, cul­tural sym­po­siums and talks about con­tem­po­rary pho­to­graphic is­sues, such as the fu­ture of pho­to­jour­nal­ism (by yours truly), made the fes­ti­val a draw­card for photography pro­fes­sion­als and en­thu­si­asts. I spent a hec­tic open­ing week­end run­ning from one open­ing to an­other – many of which at­tracted large au­di­ences – and meet­ing some fan­tas­tic pho­tog­ra­phers in the process.

“Ninety per­cent of the work in the fes­ti­val is by lo­cal artists and we are very proud to sup­port New Zealand photography and pro­mote our cul­tural iden­tity through photography,” says Ju­lia Durkin. “Within the theme there is a nice bal­ance. I think it’s im­por­tant for our au­di­ence to have ex­po­sure to in­ter­na­tional work they wouldn’t get to see, as well as New Zealand work that is part of

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