Anne Noble’s exhibition comprises a series of 15 portraits of dead bees, called "the dead bee portraits". They are installed as if populating an imaginary museum of the bee, for a time when the bee no longer exists, and are an elegiac reminder of the importance of our relationship to the natural world.
Perhaps in a process even more alchemic than silver based photography, the portraits were made with a scanning electron microscope - an image making process that employs an electron beam that is excited by the element gold.
Anne Noble is one of New Zealand's most respected contemporary photographers. Professor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Massey University Wellington, she was awarded an Arts Foundation Laureate award in 2009 and a Senior Fulbright Scholarship in 2014.