Image Credit: © Peter James Quinn
In 2018 we hosted inspiring and engaging photographic talks, panel discussions, workshops and portfolio reviews with the aim of increasing visual literacy and social awareness. Our programme presented the best photographers, photographic educators, commentators, curators and editors in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as drawing on expertise from a range of other sectors including journalism, NGOs and Technology. The diverse programme was hosted by Massey University and Flux at Wellington Museum.
Bringing together photographers, activists and social commentators we explored photography’s role in the quickly changing news media environment. Analysing the current NZ documentary scene and posing critical questions – is NZ photography covering the social issues it needs to? In the age of fake news what’s the job of photography? Is social documentary really capturing the diversity New Zealand stories?
Photival aims to provide a platform and space for discussion and national development.
Opportunities to join small practical workshops and share your work with established professionals were also available for photographers wanting to gain insight and feedback on their practice.
Please visit the Workshop Results page to see some examples of what the participants came away with.
With thanks to the 2018 team: Lucy Orbell, Laura Salminen, Hannah Lawrence and our incredible volunteers!!