Welcome to Festival Zone for mid May about the 2015 Auckland Festival of Photography programme. In this e-news we countdown to the start of the Festival and Magnum Offside Brazil exhibition, which is opening next week at the Aotea Gallery, Aotea Centre.

David Alan Harvey; Magnum Offside Brazil

David Alan Harvey / Magnum Photos with the support of Save the Dream, Instituto Moreira Salles and ESPN
BRAZIL. Rio de Janeiro. July 5, 2014. Brazilian fans taunt Argentinian fans during the World Cup in front of the FIFA headquarters in Copacabana.
Auckland Festival of Photography 2015 full programme is now available online and printed copies are now at venues, libraries and community spaces in your Auckland area. Follow us now on Instagram at @aklphotofestival and remember to #aklphotofestival2015 us in to your posts.

Magnum presents Offside Brazil

As part of the celebration of New Zealand's hosting the U20 Men's FIFA World Cup, the Auckland Festival of Photography and Magnum Photos in Paris, an  internationally renowned photo agency founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa in 1947, are bringing this exclusive NZ presentation of Offside Brazil to Auckland. This is the only city in the country to get this Magnum show and the only city in which there is no cultural sector programme being supported and presented in association with the world's second largest soccer tournament - except by us. So it's simple  - don't miss this because it wont be on show anywhere else! Opens 29 May.

Magnum photographers Susan Meiselas, David Alan Harvey, Jonas Bendiksen and Alex Majoli deliver this insightful series of photographs and video about Brazil as a society against the backdrop of the world's largest sporting tournament the 2014 World Cup.

Festival programmes can be downloaded or viewed on our website or we have printed copies available at our office in Parnell. Email info.photo.festival@xtra.co.nz if you can spare time to volunteer during the Festival's 3 weeks we need exhibition sitters, drivers, and general Festival events assistance.

Thanks to Auckland Council

As part of the new regional plan that has been introduced for the long term development of the Auckland region, we are delighted to announce that the Auckland Festival of Photography has been included into the local government budget for annual funding for the next 10 years.  This development will provide the Festival with foundational funding support which can be leveraged to obtain more support from others in the public and private sector. It is a significant development in the regional recognition of us being the most unique, largest and geographically wide event delivery across the entire region. The Festival involves many communities, venues, businesses and ratepayers, plus the artists, curators, academics, students and photographers - professional and amateur who choose to engage with photography as their preferred medium.

For our ongoing fundraising drive for this Festival in 2015, we have 5 donated works up for sale from Anne Noble, Megan Jenkinson, Neil Pardington, Julia Fullerton-Batten and Robert Thornley for the Webbs in house auction being held on 11th June 2015. Plus many more great prints will be auctioned in our 30 June 2015 Auckland Festival of Photography charity fundraiser, see more details here - Charity Auction

Whitecliffe Festival Tuesday

Between 6pm and 9pm on 2 June 2015 - see the very best of New Zealand photography and discover galleries you've never been to on the Whitecliffe Festival Tuesday circuit. After you've soaked up one show simply hop in Whitecliffe Festival van and head to the next. We'll have you zipping round Auckland faster than you can say cheese.

Sound like a lot of fares? Don't worry, it's all free. 

Complimentary Whitecliffe Festival vans will be picking up and dropping off every 20 minutes or so and you can get on and off as you please. 

Please note the event will go ahead even if raining, but check weather forecast to see if you need a raincoat or umbrella. More details here.

Free screenings, talks, workshops and symposium

Come along to the Talking Culture Symposium on 30th May at Auckland Art Gallery to hear Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, from Kaunas Photo Festival speak about photobooks in Lithuania and get your work seen and critiqued by him at the Portfolio Reviews on over our opening weekend, Queens Birthday holiday Monday 1st June. Bookings recommended. Free. Sessions are 20 minutes one on one. More details here and how to go in the draw to win a prize - HP is proud to be offering the chance to win a HP DreamColor HP Z24s 24-Inch 4K IPS Display, with stunning image accuracy and unbelievable image quality this prize will be an essential addition to any photographers toolkit. (Everyone who has their portfolio reviewed on 1 June and 13 June at Northart will be entered into the draw). Book now!

These are the first ten days of the Festival series of free talks, screenings and workshops happening at various venues in the Festival;

From 29 May throughout to 19 June projections - Two videos will be screened during the Magnum exhibition - one is an Offside Brazil project video (7' 36" duration) featuring all the photographers involved, both Brazilian collectives and Magnum photographers and the other is a solo short film (8'36" duration) produced by Jonas Bendiksen. Aotea Centre, Queen Street, Auckland.

May 30 at Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium foyer screening – Short film by Kenji Oyama (duration 15’00”). Screening of a video sequence by Kenji Oyama, from a series of HDD videos on The Japanese Photobook, on throughout the day.

May 31st Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium 3pm screening of Pictures on paper. A short film by Tangent Collective 2015, (duration 30 mins). The photo-book has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent years. Combined with on-demand publishing it now offers photographers unprecedented and often unmediated access to audiences for their work.

June 1st Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium 2pm screening Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006, 90 minutes) Leibovitz has produced some of the most iconic images of the last 30 years. She has photographed the rich and famous, the profound and powerful, the exceptional and notorious.

June 1st at Silo 6, Wynyard Quarter 345pm: Talk - Mikolaj Nowacki discusses his project Odra where he explores the river area of his youth and his work with local barge operators that capture traditional life in Poland in a contemporary photographic setting. Silo 6, Wynyard Quarter. Bring warm coats and scarves, limited heating and seating.

June 2nd at Aotea Gallery NEW Talk 1130am - Join the Magnum Photos team to hear about the exhibition Offside Brazil which features the work of Susan Meiselas, David Alan Harvey, Jonas Bendiksen and Alex Majoli. In addition Thomas Dworzak, Magnum photographer will be speaking about his own work for Magnum Photos.

6pm Thurs 4 June: Talk - Artist Stuart Robertson discusses his work and the global photographic project Peace in 10,000 Hands at Gallery X, 1 Khartoum Place, Auckland, please see website for more information

10.15am-12.15pm Sat 6 June: Workshops - Momento Photo Book - Venue: Auckland Central City Library, Lorne Street, Auckland 
10.15 -11.15: First class travel photography + design a travel photo book with Paul Daly of Nomadic Expeditions
11.15 -12.15: Food styling, food photography + create your own recipe book with Sarah Tuck of From The Kitchen

12:30 – 145pm Sat 6 June: Panel Forum - Talking Culture: Are we getting to the point where clean water is the new oil? Forum with Mark Amery, Peter Evans and Paul McNamara at Depot Main Gallery, Devonport

1pm Sat 6 June: Curators Tour - David Langman within the exhibition Signature Series by John Fields at Gus Fisher Gallery

2pm Sat 6 June: Talk - Please join NZ Photographer Marie Shannon, in conversation with artist Rhona Eve Clews about her creative practice and exhibition Land and Sound. At Audio Foundation. Free.

3pm Sun 7 June: Film - Finding Vivian Maier (2013) is a critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. (PG -83 mins).

Talking Culture events and Portfolio Reviews are sponsored by


Early openers - May

Trish Clark Gallery, CBD opens  tonight 530pm 19 May with Jae Hoon Lee in Omnipresent and presents a Truth & Fiction salon of photography with . Part of the Truth & Fiction theme.

Over on the North Shore in the Fringe at Ravenhill Cafe is Kelly Lynch's Intimate. Opens 20 May.

Nothing Lost opens 6pm 21st May at Corbans Estate Arts Center, Henderson, Waitakere. Signature programme.

Take a Moment - Franklin Arts Center, Pukekohe, part of the regional Fringe programme. Opens 23 May.

Full calendar of exhibitions and events on our website.

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