Welcome to Festival Zone for July 2021.

 Tatsiana Chypsanava; You Tube

Auckland Festival of Photography series strengthens national visual identity

A YouTube channel promoting photography and cultural identity is being presented by the Auckland Festival of Photography (AFP). Launching last Thursday 1 July, Postcards from New Zealand includes work, artist talks and webinars by New Zealand photographers. The 1st week’s edition featured work by Josie Gritten,Palo Markovič,Tatsiana Chypsanava.

Postcards from New Zealand features new material and selected elements of AFP's June festival. The channel provides national and international audiences access to digital content promoting identity and connection in a Covid-19 environment.

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, Auckland, Waikato, Nelson, Wanaka, Hawkes Bay and Christchurch.

Palo Markovic; You Tube

 The Auckland Festival of Photography serves as a hybrid hub for the New Zealand photography scene each June. 2021 is the second time AFP has delivered a national programme on a YouTube channel.

"We launched the channel in 2020 as an innovative solution to Covid-19 impacting on the staging of a conventional festival,” says AFP director Julia Durkin. “Its success demonstrated the value of adding the channel to our annual programme”. “AFP sees this second national online programme as a counter to alienation and disconnection, part of the recovery from Covid 19 impacts. The series is part of our strategic outcomes to develop Covid 19 resilience, contribute to the nation’s cultural recovery, and is proof that we are investing in New Zealand photography at a critical time as we move into the recovery phase of COVID-19.”

You Tube July Schedule


 Producer Leesa Tilley and editor, composer and musician Adrian Stuckey from AgentX have collaborated to deliver this year’s series of work.  “We are enjoying working with such talented photographers and blending their stunning visual art with Adrian’s versatile music composition skills for this year’s programme.  I’m pleased to be working on producing this show for the second year, outside some of the lockdown limitations of 2020” said Leesa Tilley

In tandem with this, from July 2021 the Festival Trust will start a new climate change ethic for every participating artist’s ‘Postcard’ profile (all made without paper based artworks) the Festival Trust will gift one native tree to be planted in the country, dovetailing our ‘Postcards” series to help environmental sustainability and nurture the landscape that so many photographers have found inspiring and to encourage new ethically motivated cultural audiences. Stuff News featured the new series in this article.

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Lockdown review - Queens Wharf

Lockdown promo July

Image by Craig Rogers - Customs Looking For Planes

Read the Photoforum NZ blog review by Nina Seja here. The exhibition has been extended through July.

People's Choice 2021

Online voting in the Auckland Photo Day 2021 People’s Choice category decided the winner - Poh Leong Koh's "Dog-walking smoko break" won with the most valid votes. The photograph features the daily activity of a rest stop for a walker with their dog and on the same bench a chap having a cigaratte. Poh says he is delighted this image was also supported by the judges in the Top 30 and has won the People's Choice Prize: XT200 kit FUJIFILM X-T200 Mirrorless Camera with XC 15-45mm Lens kit.

Poh Leong Koh; Dog Walking

Annual Commission 2020 - Exhibition extended

The festival is pleased to announce 2020 Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission exhibition has been extended until 15 August. Our Trust celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Commission last year, and now again in 2021, this year it's at the Pah Homestead, 72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough. Featuring works by -

Raymond Sagapolutele; Indonesia - 2020 Annual Commission

Raymond Sagapolutele - Indonesia

Qiane Matata-Sipu (Te Wai-o-hua, Waikato-Tainui) is a South Auckland-based journalist, photographer and social activist.

Saynab Muse provides a unique perspective to the cultural landscape of photography, with her Muslim heritage, and love of photography.

Raymond Sagapolutele is an Aotearoa-born Sāmoan artist with family ties to the villages of Fatuvalu in Savai'i and Saluafata in Upolu, Samoa. Read more about all 3 artists here in D Photo 2020 Festival Feature.

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