Open the Shutter

'Open the Shutter: Auckland Photographers Now', PhotoForum, 1994. Copyright Jon Carapiet.
Auckland Festival of Photography: Open the Shutter is a documentary highlighting 16 photographers wh

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The NZ Film Archive presents a documentary highlighting the work of 16 photographers who were part of the 1994 Open the Shutter exhibition at the Auckland City Art Gallery.

The screening, part of the Auckland Festival of Photography, is at 1pm on Saturday 13 June at the Auckland Art Gallery, Art Lounge.

The NZ Film Archive presents a documentary highlighting the work of 16 photographers who were part of the 1994 Open the Shutter exhibition at the Auckland City Art Gallery.

The screening, part of the Auckland Festival of Photography, is at 1pm on Saturday 13 June at the Auckland Art Gallery, Art Lounge.

Directors Jon Carapiet and Stu Sontier will be present to reflect and commentate on the documentary.

"In 1994, PhotoForum presented the exhibition 'Open the Shutter - Auckland Photographers Now' at the Auckland Museum. The exhibition presented the work of 40 photographers, who were invited to participate by guest curator Ron Brownson, of the Auckland City Art Gallery.

“This video highlights 16 of those photographers, selected to represent some of the broad range of approaches and concerns that are found in New Zealand photography in the 1990s. Each interview provides an invaluable insight into their work, both as a historical record and as the basis for further exploration of those interested in photography."

Photographers included: Glenn Jowitt; Greg Semu; Lisa Ganassin; John Miller; Billy Lawry; Neil Trubuhovich; Mark Adams; Ann Shelton; Jennifer French; Anna Sanderson; John Lyall; Fiona Pardington; Haru Sameshima; Rhondda Bowsworth; Marie Shannon; Jon Carapiet.

Jon Carapiet / Stuart Sontier

The producers of the video were both photographers at the time, and as well as collaborating on the video, worked together on documenting the old Hydra building in Ponsonby - images now held at the Auckland Library collection.

Both pursued their social and political interests through photography, and as members of PhotoForum, worked on several major initiatives that brought New Zealand photography to the public.

Stuart Sontier produced a small number of exhibitions that generally were shown in public spaces, such as 'Other Lives', which toured shopping malls. He continues to be involved in PhotoForum, having built and managed the website since 1996. He now codes websites for socially progressive organisations.

Jon Carapiet exhibited in the late 1990's and early 2000's with colour images and installations focussing on political, humanitarian and spiritual themes (Headlines, Istory, Duplicities, Forgiveness), and photo-collages from Duplicities was published as an edition of Photoforum magazine. Jon continues to show work from time to time, but is better identified with campaigning on Green issues and "Brand New Zealand", and acting as spokesperson for GE free NZ.

OPEN THE SHUTTER
Documentary
Talking Culture: Auckland Art Gallery
Art Lounge
Saturday 13th June 1pm
Commentary by documentary’s directors Stu Sontier and Jon Carapiet

Auckland Festival of Photography

Written by

The Big Idea Editor

11 Jun 2009

The Big Idea Editor Cathy Aronson is a journalist, photo journalist and digital editor.

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