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Michael Hall is our Keynote speaker for Photival where he will be talking about his photography Career. We are excited to have Michael running On Locations Workshops on both the Saturday and Sunday.

Michael will also be running Portfolio Reviews on Saturday at Massey with Caroline McQuarrie and  on Sunday at Flux with James Gilberd.


Michael Hall is a Sydney based Photographer born in New Zealand. Hall is Photival's Keynote speaker and will be hosting workshops and portfolio review sessions. With more then 20 years experience Hall has created a considerable reputation for his work which has been widely exhibited across the globe including in Auckland, Copenhagen, London, Melbourne and New York.

Recognition for his work include winning Canon New Zealand's ‘Architectural Photographer of the Year' in 2004, Federation of European Photographers ‘Photographer of the Year' and in 2009 a Hasselblad Masters finalist. In 2014 and 2015 Hall was awarded a Creative Fellowship with the Australian Climate Institute.

Hall's work focuses on exploring human impact upon the environment. He is currently undertaking an extensive project to document the causes and effects of climate change to improve ecological awareness. This work has received endorsements from former UN secretary general Ban Ki- moon, Prof. Tim Flannery & Emeritus Prof. Dexter Dunphy.

Prior to this, Hall shot a truck load of commercial work which kept him busy for near on two decades. "Good training ground, lot's of fun and a wonderful career at the time, however, eventually my focus shifted to more important matters".

“ Hall’s victim is our planet as we know it now … and he gives it a voice. His pictures speak to me and reveal not only our greed, carelessness, and wastefulness, but also our hopefulness in an ability to perhaps see that things vulnerable are the most fragile and treasured things to behold. In a way, it’s a shame that his eye is so developed and his talent is such that everything he captures comes out in an evocative and hauntingly beautiful way. But that’s the paradoxical nature of his art … that he loves the world so much and cares so much for its future, that he can’t help but capture its beauty and majesty in a way that doesn’t show how degraded we have become as shamelessly wasteful people.”
YOO-JONG KIM, Walter Randel Gallery, New York
(Curator of Exhibitions).