The hottest ticket on the photography calendar gets even hotter this year as the programme for both professional photographers and the photographic community at large grows even bigger
Each year, the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) puts together an exciting convention of all things photographic, and this year it has a huge array of workshops, live shoots, and other assorted events open to the public.
Now in its third year, the group’s Exposure photo show, held in Wellington in early July, gives anyone with an interest in photography the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s top photographers, attend live shoots, and demo some of the freshest new gear on the shelves.
Workshops this year include two from renowned Austrian beauty photographer Emil Bilinski — one on lighting and the other on portraiture — while Swiss fine-art photographer Athena Carey will host one on long-exposure landscapes; Australian digital artist Karen Alsop will demonstrate shooting with a set; and locals Mark Gee and Cassandra English will host classes on astrophotography and newborn photography, respectively.
A live shoot with glamour superstar Sue Bryce, a shoot with dancers by Stephan Bollinger, and a green-screen shoot with Karen Alsop will all be free to attend, though booking in advance is highly recommended — visit infocus.org.nz for details.
The Exposure show will run concurrently with the organization’s Infocus 2018 event for professional, aspiring, and student photographers, with some of the most acclaimed photographers from around the globe visiting to inspire with talks and teach new skills.
In addition to those presenting at Exposure, the Infocus line-up this year includes wedding photographer Michelle Phillips, digital artist Gee Greenslade, Australian legend Nick Ghionis, commercial photographer Steve Scalone, and business leadership expert Suzanne Masefield.
Also running during the programme is the Iris Awards, the country’s most acclaimed professional photography awards. The public is invited to view the open-forum judging of the competition — at Shed 6 on Queen’s Wharf, Wellington — as well as attend the post-print judging party on Saturday, July 7.
KAREN ALSOP, SUE BRYCE, MICHELLE PHILLIPS