The New Photography – Life in the 60s and 70s

The New Photography – Life in the 60s and 70s
Te Reo Whakaahua Hou – Te noho i ngā tau 60 me ngā tau 70

Gary Baigent, Richard Collins, John Daley, John Fields, Max Oettli, John B. Turner, Len Wesney, Ans Westra

Curated by Athol McCredie

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
55 Cable Street, Wellington

15 Jun – 13 Oct 2019

The 1960s and 1970s were decades of social change and experimentation, and for photography they marked the beginnings of art photography in New Zealand.

John Fields,  Couple, Architects' Club, Auckland,  1969. Te Papa (O.030401)

John Fields, Couple, Architects' Club, Auckland, 1969. Te Papa (O.030401)

The eight photographers in this exhibition helped forge a bold new style.

The 1960s and 1970s, those decades of social change and experimentation, were the start of all sorts of things in New Zealand. For photography they marked the beginnings of contemporary, or art, photography.

This new photography began as documentary, recording life as it happened. It was personal, using the camera to capture experience and understand it. And it shifted the emphasis from what was photographed to the photographer and their unique view of the world.

The New Photography: Life in the 60s and 70s examines the work of eight of the key players in this new photographic movement.

Accompanying publication The New Photography