2021 Viewfinder Speakers

1st February – Petra Leary: Aerial Photography

Petra Leary www.petraleary.com www.instagram.com/petraleary

Petra Leary is an award winning New Zealand born aerial photographer. Her ability to capture her subjects from unique perspectives is striking and groundbreaking. 

She has an innate design sensibility, reflected in her unique process all the way from conception to post-production. An intrepid world traveller she hunts out unusual landscapes, captures them from unforeseen angles such as her signature bird’s eye angle from above, and manipulates and accentuates colours in post-production to create her final work. 

Her work is simple yet bold in arrangement and composition. Belying this effortlessness are deeply honed technical skills, and a knowing iconoclastic eye for pop culture. 


2020 Viewfinder Speakers

25th May 7.30pm

Julian Elliott https://www.julianelliottphotography.com/

Mongolia – From the landscape to eagle hunters: take a journey across Mongolia from the famous Steppe landscape to the eagle hunters of the Altai region in western Mongolia.

6th July 7.30pm

Mark Pain http://www.markpain.com/

World class sports photography is Mark’s speciality.

Mark Pain is a multi-award winning sports photographer with over 25 years experience and international recognition. Covering major events worldwide from the Olympic Games to the Ryder Cup, and from football and rugby World Cups to World Championship athletics, Mark has worked at the top of his profession for many years and was Chief Sports Photographer of the Mail On Sunday for over twenty years.

3rd August 7.30pm

Ilan Wittenberg https://ilanwittenberg.com/

In 2014 Ilan Wittenberg first exhibition was held at Auckland’s scenic waterfront. Titled Black, White & Colour, the exhibition featured portraiture, landscape and fine art. 

During 2015, Wittenberg documented the people in the Old City of Jerusalem. Faces of Jerusalem was exhibited at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery and was featured in f11 Magazine as well as in Art New Zealand magazine and D-Photo Magazine

The Bare Truth portfolio was exhibited at the 2016 Head On Photo Festival in Sydney as well as the Signature Programme of the 2016 Auckland Festival of Photography. 

Ilan award winning photo was chosen for the cover of D-Photo magazine together with a feature story from his recent travel to Morocco. He is NZIPP 2015, 2016 & 2018 Auckland Photographer of the Year. 

From here to Africa – The Maasai people was exhibited in Malcolm Smith Gallery in early 2020. This documentary travel series will also be featured at hEAD oN photo festival in Sydney. Wittenberg’s Scape collection was exhibited at the 2020 Core programme of Auckland Festival of photography while Faces of Cairo will be exhibited during September

7th September 7.30pm

David Clapp https://www.davidclapp.co.uk/

Images with Impact

5th October 7.30pm

Maarten Rots https://www.maartenrots.nl/

Maarten Rots (Aalten, 1982) is a Dutch artist working with photography as a medium. His photographs reveal abstract qualities that can be found in everyday life, often with architecture as a prominent ingredient and a strong focus on composition, texture and color.

Rots travels Europe with a camper van to uncover abstract images in daily surroundings, mostly dealing with the effects of light and shadow on textured architectural objects. Intentionally utilizing the flattening effect of the camera he introduces spatial ambiguity and often provides a minimal sense of scale, which leads to an image that reveals the abstract in the mundane. The resulting photographs often lean towards graphic imagery and are commonly confused for paintings or drawings upon first look.

2nd November 7.30pm

Kevin Landwer-Johan https://www.kevinlj.com/

Cultural Sensitivity when Photographing in South East Asia

Kevin Landwer-Johan is a self-taught photographer with a depth of experience he loves to share with others.

Kevin started in photography working at a daily newspaper (the Auckland Star) in his native New Zealand in the late 1980s. He worked for many years as a newspaper photographer, also as sole photographer for two of central Auckland’s Suburban Newspapers before starting his own freelance business where he engaged in commercial, editorial, wedding and portrait photography.

In 2002 Kevin moved to northern Thailand. Here he worked as a photographer and video producer. Most of his work was to provide photos and videos to help support the work of various non-profit organisations working among the rural poor communities.

Since 2014 Kevin and his wife have taught travel photography workshops. These are now based at their ruraly home where they also offer bed and breakfast accommodation. Kevin has also branched into online teaching and photography writing. He has published two books and is currently editing a third book.

Kevin loves to photograph people. He has a portable daylight studio he takes to villages of Northern Thailand to create studio portraits of people. This was inspired by the work of American photographer Irving Penn. He also makes photomontages. He began making these in the 1980s after watching a short documentary about British artist David Hockney working in this style of photography.

7th December 7.30pm

Julia Coddington https://www.juliacoddington.com/

Historically, there has been low representation of women in most genres of photography, particularly street photography which is dominated by men. In recent years however, there has been a noticeable rise of female representation within the genre.

Julia will talk about the involvement of women in street photography and the reasons behind the rise of female representation in contemporary street photography. She will also talk about her own experiences as a female street photographer and show examples of work by contemporary women street photographers as well as her own.

Bio:

Julia Coddington is a photographer from Austinmer, NSW Australia. She is co-founder of the Unexposed Collective, an online platform featuring female and non-binary street photographers and an administrator of @womeninstreet, an international community of female street photographers. Julia is a member of the Little Box Collective and was a nominee for the 2020 Leica Oskar Barnack Award.

Julia’s work has been exhibited internationally and she has been a finalist in international street photography competitions. She has exhibited her work in Australia and overseas and has been featured in street photography magazines and interviewed on several photography podcasts. 

Julia has judged a number of photography festival competitions, including Miami Street Photography Festival, Street Foto San Francisco and the Italian Street Photography Festival.  

She has also curated several exhibitions, including the ‘Exposed’ exhibition at the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney, the ‘Two Way Street’ exhibition in San Francisco, the ‘Double Trouble’ exhibition at Head On 2020 in Sydney and “Double Exposed” at the Indian Photo Festival 2020.

Julia teaches workshops internationally and in Australia with her partner Gerry Orkin and with Vineet Vohra in India.