Welcome to Festival Zone for November 2023.

Our Festival is delighted to announce our theme for 2024 Festival.

Believe [whakapono]

Vision - Photography Connecting Communities and People 

2024 Festival theme is ‘Believe’ [whakapono].

Photography has never been an objective purveyor of reality. Not since the 1917 Cottingley fairies in the garden have we believed all photography to be a window to the truth. While much art photography is staged or manipulated in the process of its creation, even photojournalism which we tend to believe is truthful is subjective in its creation and is often as much about what is left outside the frame than what is inside. With the ongoing development of ArtificiaI Intelligence we are entering a whole new era in the creation of images which can seamlessly pretend to be “real”. Who or what are we now to believe? How does photography maintain its role in the reflection of society’s philosophical, ideological, religious or political beliefs? How does light exposure in analogue, digital processes underpin our beliefs in artistic work? This year’s Festival theme is ‘Believe’ [whakapono] - it has to be seen to be believed.

Get planning and join us for the 21st edition of the Festival. The Festival has been curating an annual suite of themed exhibitions, events and talks since 2014.

 We are open to programming any project created through the medium of photography and encourage active participation from a broad spectrum of artistic talent and practice including established career professionals, image inspired amateurs and emerging/young photographers.

 Auckland Festival of Photography is NZ's premium international photographic festival, providing a diverse and inclusive platform, for the exchange of ideas, artistic expression, and engagement with photography and visual culture.

Believe [whakapono] - Festival 2024

The Old Oak - double pass

BAFTA-winning British director Ken Loach has reunited with BAFTA-winning writer Paul Laverty for the Palme d'Or-nominated drama The Old Oak, in Aotearoa cinemas from 30 November. Auckland Festival of Photography has 5 x double passes to giveaway for THE OLD OAK. The main character is an avid photographer and the two key characters build a sweet friendship and trust over fixing her broken camera.

View The Old Oak trailer.
For your chance to win tickets, please email your name and address to info.photo.festival@xtra.co.nz with the email subject line “The Old Oak giveaway” before 5pm on Monday, 20 November. Good luck!

The Old Oak Giveaway

Around town

Greta Anderson's work from her career since 1997 to last year's Festival exhibition at Two Rooms, "The Transcenders" are included in her new book 'There is Nowhere to Go, There is Nothing to Do. Her new exhibition and book launch opens on Saturday 18th November at Te Uru Contemporary Art Gallery, Waitakere at 2pm to 4pm. Hear Greta talking to RNZ about the new book.

Greta Anderson; After Jane Walker 2021

Greta Anderson; After Jane Walker 2021


 Jon Carapiet; AI Legacy

Asia Pacific Photoforum

The world-renowned Head On Photo Festival is on now to 3 December 2023 with a jam-packed program at spectacular locations, including Bondi Beach, Bondi Pavilion, Paddington Reservoir Gardens, and TAFE NSW Ultimo. A great opportunity to see incredible exhibitions by Australian and international artists for free, hear live panel discussions, artist talks and more!  

Head On 2023; Bondi exhibition

Head On Photo Festival is presented by 'Head On Foundation', a Sydney-based not-for-profit organisation. 

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