Photographs have plenty to tell us about the world, yet they are often full of mystery and complication. Great photos are alive with hints and echoes and mysteries – and they can change every time you look at them. Nearly all of the images in this exhibition were made by New Zealand photographers of New Zealand subjects, so they have a lot to say about this place and about the people, young and old, who live here.
Photographs capture our dreams, imaginings and fears, aspirations and inner lives. This exhibition is a celebration of the things a camera can do, the places it can go and its capacity to record and reinvent the world around us.
This exhibition has been curated by Greg Donson, Sarjeant Gallery Curator and Public Programmes Manager, and Gregory O’Brien, Independent Curator and writer of the book See what I can see – New Zealand photography for the young and curious, published by Auckland University Press in 2015.