Thursday, April 23, 2015

50+ photobooks in 22 years... at Auckland Art Gallery

The Auckland Art Gallery have just acquired a complete set of the 50+ photobooks that I have made over the last 22 years. The first, Four Parts Religion Six Parts Sin, in 1993 and the most recent, Will Any Lonely Person Write to Ponsonby in 2015.

The bookworks are currently on display outside the gallery's research library and can be seen until July 2nd.

Auckland Art Gallery have this to say:
Harvey Benge (born 1944) is a New Zealand photographer who lives and works in Auckland and Paris. Benge's work most often takes the form of limited edition photobooks and he recently donated the 60 publications displayed in this exhibition to the E H McCormick Research Library. The photobooks are published by Benge's imprint FAQEDITIONS as well as specialist publishers Dewi Lewis in the UK, Kehrer Verlag in Germany and Super Labo in Japan, among others.
Benge has collaborated with well-known international photographers such as Daido Moriyama to produce multi-volume photobook sets and has worked with a number of writers to create book works that sympathetically combine texts and photographs.
Benge travels widely and creates tantalising titles for his photobooks. He explains his practice as 'setting out to look at the nature of truth, with photographs that meander amongst the often opposing aspects of truth ... in a world where, when one thing is happening here, something else is happening over there.'

I will be in discussion with Auckland Art Gallery curator Ron Brownson at the gallery auditorium, 11am on Sunday June 21, talking about my photobook practice,

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