Geoffrey H. Short Director Geoffrey began studying photography at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1980, finally graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts with first class honours in 2010. In that span of time he also worked at Real Pictures Gallery and Laboratory for the Camera Arts in Auckland, firstly as a lab technician, then as gallery manager, then pursued commercial photography, specializing in publicity stills for TV and cinema.
Work from his Elam graduate show is included in the survey exhibition and book "reGeneration2 – tomorrow's photographers today" produced by the Musée d l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland and touring internationally. He was also nominated for the Lacoste Elysée Photography Prize 2010, and was a finalist in Photolucida Critical Mass 2011.
John B. Turner Joint Managing Editor
John B. Turner (b.1943) is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the Elam School of Fine Arts, at The University of Auckland, where he has taught since 1971. His serious involvement in photography began in camera clubs in the late 1950s. He trained as a compositor in the printing trade in Wellington, then worked in news and commercial photography, and museum photographer in the 1960s. He has taught numerous workshops throughout New Zealand, and curated landmark exhibitions including Nineteenth Century New Zealand Photography (1970) and Baigent, Collins, Fields: Three New Zealand Photographers (1973). He was editor of PhotoForum magazine from 1974-1984, and later from 1990 to the present. He was co-author with William Main of New Zealand Photography from the 1840s to the Present (1993) and was editor of PhotoForum’s award winning photography book, Ink & Silver (1995). His book Eric Lee-Johnson: Artist with a Camera was published in 1999. Currently researching various aspects of New Zealand photography, and the history of photography in China, he is also involved in documenting his local community of Te Atatu Peninsula, in Auckland. John was the Director of Photoforum from its inception in 1974 until mid 2012.
(photo: Self-portrait, Peninsula Barber Shop, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland, 8 April 2005.)
Haruhiko Sameshima Joint Managing Editor
Photographer currently working in Auckland
(photo: Mark Adams)
Jan Young Secretary and Membership Manager
Jan Young is an Auckland based exhibiting photographer interested in large format analog photography and portraiture.
Mark Adams Committee
I have been working as a large format analogue photographer for 35 years publishing books and exhibiting here and internationally.
Kathy Lane Treasurer
Mark Watts Committee
Mark is a photographer based in Auckland.
Stuart Sontier Joint Web Manager
Stuart Sontier is an organised collection of bits controlled by various ethereal energies. No known visual representation exists.
(photo (in lieu): anonymous digital camera with finger attached)
Abby Storey Joint Web Manager
Abby Storey is a contemporary photographic artist based in Melbourne. Her photography examines social and cultural activity.
Julian Ward Wellington Correspondent
Julian Ward is a creative photographer living in Wellington. He has many years of experience, exhibitions and publications. His blog site (see PhotoForum blog links) describes him as a drifter with a camera.
Jenny Tomlin Committee
Jenny Tomlin(nee Urquhart) has a degree in photography from Elam, graduating in 1984. To enable her to continue photographing the landscape, she has worked as a colour then black/white printer. Initially working at Real Pictures Gallery and Laboratory in Auckland as a cibachrome printer, then Sydney and London, before returning to NZ in 1990. Since 2002, she has been running a darkroom business specialising in black/white silver gelatin prints.
Besides conventional medium and large format photography, she is becoming a pinhead, exploring ideas about the landscape making pinhole cameras.
Ian Macdonald Committee
Ian Macdonald graduated from Elam in 1975 majoring in photography. He has exhibited and been published consistently since and is known for his photography on New Zealand environmental issues. He ran Real Pictures Gallery during the 1980s and more recently the Matakana Pictures Gallery. He works commercially as a photographer most recently as the stills photographer for the BBC Science Department. He lives at Matakana with his family working mostly as a computer programmer.
Leigh Bell Committee
Graduated in 2009 with a Diploma in Contemporary Photography from Unitec. First runner up in the SONY/AIPA Student Scholarship for 2008. I have been involved in documenting the Auckland Waterfront, the area known as 'Tank Farm'.