Welcome to Festival Zone for November 2021.

 The Auckland Festival of Photography Trust and team hope you are all well, making the best of it and helping save lives. Kia Kaha.

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Get The Shot - Marissa Schmidt

Update on 2022 Festival

Due to the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Festival Trust has agreed to make simple changes to how the Festival programme will be delivered in 2022. Building on our strategy of outdoor exhibitions since 2007 and the introduction of an online programme for the 2020 and 2021 Festivals, the 2022 Festival will now feature 3 key sections – In Venue, Outdoor and Online.

The In Venue section will feature all exhibitions, events and activations that take place inside a gallery, community space or any indoor area. Traditionally these would include Core, Digital Screens, Satellite and Talking Culture. From 2022 these will be known as “In Venue”.

Participation can be for an Outdoor activity or Online activity for our hybrid Festival, if that suits your particular work or project or artists or group. Any online projects, talks, panels, virtual exhibitions (both international and New Zealand wide) will be invited for presentation for any dates starting from the main promotional period April – June 2022, creating a truly exciting new hybrid Festival over a new timeframe.

 The Festival Trust will call for submissions for next year's festival timings, once our fundraising has reached it's milestone for mid January 2022 start. The submission process will be streamlined and much more flexible for our participating galleries, project or artists or groups within our digital online promotion only. Full submission details to be announced in January 2022 including deadlines. If you would like to support the Festival activities, we have a Give A Little Page which allows all NZ taxpayers a 33% tax credit on your donations.

Image above by Marissa Schmidt, long listed 2021 Auckland Photo Day, title "Vaccinated".

Deer Planet; Yoko ISHII

Archive of outdoor Festival exhibitions, projections and pop ups -

Manukau Flightpath (2007), Manukau Light Nights (2008) featuring Edith Amituanai, Harvey Benge, Bruce Connew, Amber de Boer, Derek Henderson, Glenn Jowitt, Anne Noble, Fiona Pardington, Patrick Reynolds, and Wayne Wilson-Wong, The Big City Light Nights – Magnum Light Nights with high quality international photographers, Olivia Arthur, Jacob Aue Sobol, Alessanda Sanguinetti, Mikhael Subotzky, Peter van Agtmael (2009), Auckland Photo Day evening projections (2010), Annual Commission by Jennifer Mason at Silo Park (2013), Home – James Voller (2016), Identity - J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere (2017), Laberinto – Alejandro Chaskielberg (2018), Control – Herlinde Koebl (2018), Auckland Photo Day winners (2018), Deer Planet – Yoko Ishii (2019 installation above), Fukushima Dolls – Rob Gilhooly (2019), Auckland Photo Day winners (2019) + 4 City Rail Link street shows (2020/2021), Unseen - Werner Bischof, The Dingo's Noctuary - Judith Crispin (2020).

All timings/benefits offered are subject to change in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak during the key deadline period and or for the 2022 Festival timings.

The Auckland Festival of Photography endorses the Event Sector Voluntary COVID-19 Code

Please ensure the exhibition/project/event you are proposing to take place in the Festival complies with the COVID-19 code for event organisers.

J Park; Fun Run

Image by J Park; Fun Run

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Postcards From New Zealand

For this new normal, the Festival team are hoping you can also check out our You Tube channel. We have supported 22 photographers with the Festival online hybrid presentations of great work from around New Zealand this year. Kia kaha tatou. WATCH HERE, or see more details below. Thanks to Creative New Zealand.

Our YouTube channel promoting our own Kiwi photography and cultural identity has 74 featured artists in all genres.

See our media features on the new series.

Alden Williams - Postcard From New Zealand

Alden Williams; Promotional

Alden is a Christchurch based Award winning photojournalist, he says of his Postcard, "This is a collection of my work taken over the past 5 years. Some of it was taken as far north as Auckland and some as far south as the Antipodes Islands. There are numerous challenging assignments included like coverage of the aftermath of the Christchurch Mosque shootings and the Port Hills fires in 2017."

Postcards from New Zealand offers a pathway for New Zealand based photographers to participate remotely from around the country, including, this year, contributing photographers based in Northland, Southland, Auckland, Dunedin, Waikato, Nelson, Wanaka, Hawkes Bay and Christchurch.

The Festival Trust have engaged in a diversification of dates for the increased benefits of the public during the next Festival year, whilst we all are bedding into the 'new normal' of Delta in the community, and the pending traffic light system. The Trust has a successful track record of delivery of two key innovative Festival celebrations in Auckland and now across New Zealand in the most difficult of circumstances during the pandemic.

Online - Photo London

Shirin Neshat and Nick Knight in conversation

On the occasion of the last edition of Photo London, photographers and filmmakers Shirin Neshat and Nick Knight sat down to discuss their respective creative practices.

The pair talked about the differences between the art world and the fashion world, the still image versus the moving image, film as a democratic art form and the importance of artists' relationships with their audience. See in addition, Shirin Neshat's "Shirin on Shirin" here. She talks about her work, her exile from her home country Iran, the political question and answer of home.

In its documentation of fashion and the arts, SHOWstudio has collaborated with pop culture icons and creatives including Tracey Emin, Lady Gaga, John Galliano, Kate Moss, Alexander McQueen, Charles Jeffrey, Gareth Pugh and many more. (text courtesy of Photo London/SHOWstudio)

Photo London 2021

Online - Behind The Photobooks

Join photographers Diana Markosian and Gillian Laub for a discussion on their recent publications, Diana Markosian: Santa Barbara and Gillian Laub: Family Matters with Aperture creative director Lesley Martin. Diana Markosian presented her work, Santa Barbara at the 2021 Festival's 'Photobook Friday' in June, so if you missed that opportunity this is a must hear, and it's also free to register. Check for time difference with New York, 20th November 1 - 2pm EST, 21st November 6am - 7am NZT, an 'early bird' breakfast session to start the day -

Diana Markosian

Online exhibition - Places in Mind

Explore the online PhotoForum exhibition ‘Places in the Mind’ featuring the work of leading Wellington photographers Peter Black, David Cook, Chevron Hassett, Harry Culy, Mary Macpherson and Jane Wilcox. With an essay by arts writer Mark Amery. View here. Image by Peter Black, from 'Blacksville'.

Peter Black; from Blacksville

Online International Photobooks

It's not long until the gift giving season and with the long lead times for cargo and shipping, now has never been a better time to stock up for Christmas, and what could be a lot of time to fill at home!

Shashasha has a superb collection of top quality Japanese art, cutting edge international practictioners and must have titles to choose from and if you want to try before you buy they've created an excellent You Tube preview section for a lot of artists discussing their photobooks.

Eiji Ohashi

Dive in and find a gem. For example, Eiji Ohashi, a photographer from Japan who's book Roadside Lights Seasons: Winter is a beautiful tome of photographs of vending machines dotted around Japanese landscapes, ubiquitous in their strangeness and solitude.

International Festivals

Join the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney for their 2021 edition, on 19 November. Head On Photo Festival, Australia's premier photography event and a world-leading art festival includes the prestigious Head On Photo Awards. Starting in a few weeks times, see their exciting programme below. Congrats to them on getting this awesome programme together during the last few months of lockdown in NSW.

Head On Photo Festival 2021


On now through to December 1st is Photoville, New York’s free photo festival in its 10th anniversary year. Photoville has 70 plus outdoor exhibitions, artist talks, workshops, a free community day and educational programmes. A truly diverse and inclusive Festival running over several months and dedicated to visual storytelling. Hop online this week for this, Views of Coney Island as seen by two female photographers Lauren Welles, Gisele Duprez, check for time difference with New York - 

Photoville 2021

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