National Photography Show in Masterton

Aratoi is exhibiting a national show of 57 photographs titled ‘See what I can see’ and will host a free public talk with curators, Gregory O'Brien and Greg Donson, 2 March, 11am.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - National Photography Show in Masterton


25 February 2019


Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History is exhibiting a national show of 57 photographs titled ‘See what I can see – New Zealand photography for the young and curious’ and will host a free public talk with the exhibition curators, award-winning writer Gregory O'Brien and Sarjeant Gallery Curator Greg Donson, on Saturday, 2nd March at 11am. All invited.


A celebration of photography as an art form in a world of mass photographs, the acclaimed exhibition represents a range of New Zealand life – from a black-and-white photograph from the 1890s of a Wairarapa man with an extraordinary cabbage measuring about one-meter-wide, to an array of modern and contemporary colour imagery.


The public can enjoy work by leading photographic artists, such as Laurence Aberhart, Greta Anderson, Peter Black, Jae Hoon Lee, Mary Macpherson, Anne Noble, Fiona Pardington, Neil Pardington, Ann Shelton, and Ans Westra.


 “A camera is a machine for remembering things, or for thinking about things differently or even for inventing things ... a kind of visual poetry,” says Gregory O’Brien, who believes that “New Zealand might be the best country on earth in which to be a photographer. Whether you are interested in overwhelming mountain-scapes, wave patterns, rock formations, street scenes or quirky details from the natural and human-made environment, Aotearoa/New Zealand has plenty to say to each of us. Photography is always finding new subjects, and new ways of seeing.”


Alongside the exhibition, Aratoi offers a free education programme (about one hour long). Students learn new ways to view photography and a deeper understanding of art elements and principles. Supported by T G Macarthy Trust and Friends of Aratoi, the programme can be adapted to suit students’ requirements. For bookings, please email:


Developed and toured by Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, the show is accompanied by Gregory O’Brien’s book See what I can see – New Zealand photography for the young and curious, published by Auckland University Press. The exhibition also includes a very popular activity area with a lightbox, building blocks and diorama.


This national exhibition follows on from several recent photography shows at Aratoi: ‘Kuia’ by Kiri-Riwai-Couch, ‘Masterton and Me’ by Anna Rutherford, ‘That’s How the Light gets in’ by Tim McMahon and Michele Usher, and ‘Sharing the Light’ by the Wairarapa Camera Club.


‘See What I Can See’ continues at Aratoi until 31st March and then travels to Pātaka Art + Museum in Porirua (7th April to 21st July).  Aratoi, 12 Bruce St, Masterton, is open daily, 10am to 4pm, free entry.


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