Auckland Festival of Photography is NZ's premium international photographic festival, providing a diverse and inclusive platform for the exchange of ideas, artistic expression, and engagement with photography and visual culture.

The Auckland Festival of Photography features exhibitions both in venues and outdoors.

2023 is the 20th Edition of the Auckland Festival of Photography, this years festival theme is: resistance [ātete]

Tinaku, Jocelyn Janon | Freyberg Place 

Tinaku (2021) is a new series of photographic works from Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland-based photographic artist Jocelyn Janon. Janon describes the new series as “Discovery and exploration of Māori culture by a French immigrant in New Zealand.


Ans Westra, Ans Westra | 89 Quay Street 

Ans Westra CNZM (1936 – 2023) was a pioneer of documentary photography and one of the first women to work in this area in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Portrait of Fruit, Masumi Shiohara | Freyberg Place 

Drawing on his background as a fruit breeder and farmer, Shiohara’s award-winning images record and celebrate the identifying characteristics of different species of fruits that he grows. He creates photographic botanical art that not only serves as a practical tool but also depicts the multifaceted beauty of plants. We share a curated selection from his two series, The Process and Farmwork of Fruit Growth and Portrait of Fruit.

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Forest Ruins, Rafael Vilela | Karanga Plaza, Viaduct Harbour 

The tiny territory that is home to the indigenous Guarani Mbyá people lies at the very north of the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo. Vilela has been engaged with the indigenous movement in Brazil for around ten years. 


Water Slows As It Rounds The Bend, Kate van der Drift | Karanga Plaza, Viaduct Harbour 

Water Slows As It Rounds The Bend series is re-visited after its first showing by Sanderson Gallery in the Festival in 2018. In this iteration we share this work using our resistance [ātete] theme as the foundation for van der Drift's ongoing investigation into the fragile ecology and transformation of the Hauraki Plains.


Ihumātao, Sean Yi | Silo Park, Gantry Wall 

This is a short record of protest actions in Ihumātao in 2019. A number of views are mixed on this land - History of New Zealand, Human right, Historic preservation, Development and Private properties. And those views are invisible to our sight directly. 

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Forest Ruins

She could lie on her back and sink, Ann Shelton | Gus Fisher Gallery

She could lie on her back and sink explores witchcraft through contemporary artistic practice. The exhibition awakens past and present knowledge systems pertaining to the medicinal, spiritual and magical applications of plants, animals and fungi. Featuring film, photography, installation and performance, the show is framed through a feminist lens where wise women and their practices are revered.


Aotearoa Music Photography Award 2022 - City | Queens Wharf fence, 89 Quay Street 

This outdoor exhibition is part of AFP's ongoing commitment to create experiences with images that inspire, connect, and educate, whilst supporting the Aotearoa NZ music photography scene. The images in 2022's Music Photography Award were taken by professional and amateur photographers at live gigs, concerts and festivals, backstage, and community events. 


Kuala Lumpar International Photoawards 2022 - City | Ellen Melville Centre 

In a long-standing partnership with the festival, The Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards [KLPA] winners and finalists are back once again - view a daily projection screening of the outstanding portraiture photography featuring the KLPA 2022 winners and finalists selected by an international jury panel.


See the full programme here.

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Talk & photo walk | Silo Park | 5 June, 12.30pm-2pm

Starts at Silo Park, then heads to Karanga Plaza next to Viaduct Harbour and casual walk along to Queens Wharf Fence. Final stop will be at Freyberg Place, City.

Join the founder/CEO of the Auckland Festival of Photography, Julia Durkin, MNZM for some insights into the works on display and the 20th anniversary edition.

Free - no booking required. 90 minutes, you can join in for any length of time or at any location.

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Last updated: 11 June 2019