Come explore the wonder and meaning in photography

SUN 11 AUG, 10AM
SAINSBURY HORROCKS GALLERY, LEVEL 2
PAY WHAT YOU CAN

Join exhibition curator and publication editor Shaun Higgins, as he takes you through the beginnings of photography in Aotearoa, revealing the nuances of technology and the experience of sitting for a startling new likeness.

Follow the journey of photographic technology as advancements enabled faster exposure times and opened up who can be behind the camera, as well as who can afford to sit in front of it. See all the clever ways in which a photograph can be made to appear like a painted portrait, or even an entirely different image.

From the tiniest gem portraits no larger than a thumbnail to the magnificent mammoth glass negatives that recorded images of the Pink and White Terraces, this tour will take you back to the 19th century, when a technological revolution took place.

“You press the button we do the rest.”

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About Shaun Higgins

About Shaun Higgins

In his role as Curator Pictorial at Auckland Museum, Shaun Higgins is responsible for collecting and researching photographic collections. His research interests range from early photographic history in both technology and practice, to its role in documenting social history, conflict and landscape. Focusing on evidence-based research and identification/attribution, he is interested in building a comprehensive record of local photography. He engages in both analogue and digital practice and has applied both historical and technical knowledge to exhibitions for two decades.

Shaun's recent work includes the recent exhibition, Robin Morrison: Road Trip, which was accompanied by a new edition of Robin Morrison's The South Island of New Zealand: From the Road, as well as papers on daguerreotype attribution and revealing one of Auckland’s earliest outdoor scenes in ambrotype.

Ticket Price: Pay What You Can

Ticket Price: Pay What You Can

For this event we’re inviting you to set the price for your ticket yourself and pay what you can to participate. You can enter any amount and select the number of tickets. Each ticket will be charged at the selected amount. We appreciate any contribution you can make.

Any contribution in addition to your membership fee will enable the development and preservation of collections, the delivery of new exhibitions such as A Different Light: First Photographs of Aotearoa, important research, and exciting educational programmes. It will also ensure the continued restoration of the historic Museum building, a touchstone for remembrance and home to sacred taonga.

Thank you for your continued support and being a Museum Member.

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