Festival Patron 2010 - Harvey Benge
"It was an honour to be asked and a pleasure to accept the invitatin to be patron for the Auckland Festival of Photography in 2010. I have been involved with a number of photography festivals around the world and the commmon denominator that links them is always a lack of funds, more than compensated for by the organisers' amazing determination and passion to champion the photographic image. The Auckland Festival of Photography is no exception. Here, over seven years now, a lot has been achieved and Auckland is all the better for that.
But what is so special about this festival is its acknowledgement of photography's greatest strength, the fact that photography is the most democratic of all forms of visual expression. We all have a view of the world, be it a 'baby picture' or high art, and the Auckland Festival of Photography celebrates that like no other I have seen."
Harvey Benge lives and works from both Auckland and Paris and has done so since 1992. His interest in the social landscape of cities and the idea of parallel lives produces his characteristic "strange pictures in cities" imagery. The main thrust of his work has been through published work, with seventeen books and editions published to date including: 2000, Aide-Memoire, Onestar Press, Paris; 2001, Lucky Box, A Guide to Modern Living, Dewi Lewis UK; 2003, First Ever Pictures of God, galerie Florence Loewy, Paris; 2005, Killing Time in Paradise, Schaden.com, Cologne and A Short History of Photography, Dewi Lewis UK. He also exhibits regularly in Paris and throughout Europe and has work in collections around the world. "One of the few photographers that today does as much for the poetics as for the philosophy of photography. " ..Markus Shaden