Born 1949, Nelson. Self-taught as a photographer, since 1967.
Laurence Aberhart is a photographer based in Russell, Northland. He held his first solo exhibition at the Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, in 1978 and has exhibited regularly in Wellington, Auckland, Sydney and Hong Kong since, as well as in Los Angeles and Europe. Aberthart has received a number of Art Council of New Zealand awards, a Fulbright Travel Grant (USA, 1988), a Fulbright Research Fellowship (USA, 2010) and a Moet et Chandon Fellowship in France (1994).
Aberhart ‘s practice is characterized by the use of a 100 year old, 8 x 10” Korona view camera, the sort that pioneers used in the 19th century to bring home records of what the world looked like. He chooses to follow entirely analog processes, printing each photograph by hand to the same scale as the camera’s negatives. As a result, Aberhart’s work has an intensity of detail and atmosphere that digital technology struggles to capture. The history of photography lies behind Aberhart’s quiet, yet powerfully engaging images.