Pro­gear and Apix ac­qui­si­tion de­tails

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In the last is­sue of The Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Mail, we re­vealed that Apix Pho­to­graphic Sup­plies had been pur­chased by the share­hold­ers of Pro­gear Ltd. This took place on July 1, with Pro­gear say­ing that the pur­chase was made in or­der to al­le­vi­ate any anx­i­ety that cus­tomers may have had through the con­flict of in­ter­est be­tween retail and whole­sale.

Pro­gear has since an­nounced that changes in the group are be­ing un­der­taken that will lead to lo­gis­ti­cal im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing more timely and trans­par­ent in­for­ma­tion, bet­ter pre­sen­ta­tion of the range of prod­ucts, and more em­pha­sis on the com­pany’s web-based ini­tia­tives.

Pro­gear em­pha­sizes that there will be no changes in the terms of trade for a cus­tomer of ei­ther en­tity, and the price list for both com­pa­nies will re­main in uni­son.

Apix retail cus­tomers will now be han­dled by Pro­gear, while ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions and re­sellers will be han­dled by Apix. The brands of Voigt­lander, B+W, Lee, Elinchrom, Benro, Gary Fong, Vis­i­ble Dust, and Rogue will still be avail­able to whole­salers via Apix.

Tak­ing over the three down­stairs gal­leries at City Gallery Welling­ton, 30 years of New Zealand pho­tog­ra­pher Fiona Pard­ing­ton’s work is re­vealed in more than 100 pho­to­graphs, which will be show­cased in her ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled A Beau­ti­ful Hes­i­ta­tion, open un­til Novem­ber 22.

Death, sex, flesh, and the fe­male gaze are just a few of the themes ex­plored within Pard­ing­ton’s ex­hi­bi­tion. She has de­scribed pho­tog­ra­phy as a hes­i­ta­tion in time, and uses this con­cept in her works to por­tray an un­set­tled un­der­stand­ing of the world, which will be­come ap­par­ent in the ex­hi­bi­tion’s range of in­ti­mate fam­ily por­traits, and her ex­pan­sive projects in­volv­ing ob­jects and taonga that she has dis­cov­ered in mu­seum col­lec­tions both here in New Zealand and in France.

As well as show­cas­ing a va­ri­ety of themes, the ex­hi­bi­tion will ex­pose Pard­ing­ton’s ex­plo­ration of the pa­ram­e­ters of pho­tog­ra­phy within New Zealand and be­yond, as it tracks her use of dif­fer­ent pho­to­graphic pro­cesses from ana­logue hand print­ing through to dig­i­tal.

For more in­for­ma­tion about A Beau­ti­ful Hes­i­ta­tion, visit city­gallery.org.nz.

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