Harvey Benge (1944–2019) was a prolific photographer and committed maker of photobooks. Working between Auckland and Paris he published over 70 titles, often in the form of limited editions. His photographs have also been shown in public and private galleries in the UK and throughout Europe as well as in New Zealand. He has twice been a finalist in the prestigious Prix du Livre at Arles Photography Festival, France.
Benge's photographs explore the anthropology of cities, the nature of impermanence and the small moments of everyday life. Benge’s work, which became increasingly autobiographical, sought to make the viewer question what is overlooked or unseen. This body of work is of central Auckland in the 70s and 80s - Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Parnell and and the City.