28 May to 14 June 2020

The Auckland Festival of Photography will be in full swing from May 28 - June 14, 2020 with installations popping up all around the city to go and see. From projections, to lightboxes, and large-scale outdoor activations, the heart of the city is turning into an outdoor photography gallery. 

Photo Self-Guided Tour – Auckland Festival of Photography 2020

Over 9 nights explore signature photographic projects at your favourite Auckland city locations including Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, Queens Wharf, Freyberg Place and Aotea Square. With map in hand, tour your way around central Auckland exploring the festival's photographic projects including large scale outdoor work, photographic light boxes and digital screen projections. For more information and to view the tour map, click here.

Freyberg Place Light Boxes - The Dingos Noctuary

Auckland Festival of Photography presents 'The Dingos Noctuary' by Australian photographer, Judith Nagala Crispin. She is a Canberra-based poet and visual artist, with a background in music.

Her series is displayed on 8 lightboxes, over 16 images in Freyberg Place, creating a scene of spirit animals freely illuminated within the urban landscape.

Judith describes her work: 'these works are made with a technique I’m calling Lumachrome glass printing – it combines lumen printing, chemigram and cliché-verre. I began working this way while searching for my family’s lost Aboriginal ancestry.

These cameraless techniques respond to ideas taught to me by Warlpiri painters in the Tanami desert. They spoke to me of kurruwari, patterns in the landscape. Allowing nature to mark a canvas before painting, with dirt or tracks, an artist collaborates with Country. These Lumachromes are my response to kurruwari. Images on the page are generated, literally, from light, earth and flesh'.

Virtual Festival

Photography fans can enjoy this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography on Pop Up TV (Freeview Channel 200) or online at from May 27 to June 15.

The Auckland Festival of Photography is a city-wide contemporary art and cultural event which takes place within Auckland's major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites during June each year.

The programme will be accessible on a digital platform that showcase outstanding national and international photography and provides activities that audiences can engage and interact with.

The festival aims to support and encourage local emerging photographers to develop and exhibit their work to the public in Auckland.

Highlights of 2020’s festival include Unseen, Core and Satellite exhibitions, the Annual Commission 2020 artists and Alex Mao Youth Photography award, and Nikon Auckland Photo Day on June 6.

The annual Festival is produced by the Auckland Festival of Photography Trust.


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Last updated: 12 June 2019