Laurence Aberhart was born in Nelson in 1949 and since 1983 has lived and worked in Russell, Bay of Islands. He has been at the forefront of New Zealand photography since the late 1970’s, and is recognised as a major international figure. His photographs have been exhibited widely in New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere, and significant holdings of his work are to be found in public galleries on both sides of the Tasman . Major solo exhibitions include the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 2002; the Centre for Contemporary Photography , Melbourne, Australia, in 2005; City Gallery Wellington, Dunedin Public Art Gallery & touring 2007-2009. His landmark book Aberhart ( VictoriaUniversity Press, 2007 ) features full=page reproductions of 240 of his major photographs.
ANZAC:photgraphs by Laurence Aberhart was published last year 2014 to coincide with a major touring exhibition which opened at Dunedin Public Art Gallery . Some of the photographs then came to Kaan Zamaan Gallery & Russell Museum.
Laurence exhibition ” The Prisoners’ Dream “, a commission work for Parehaka in our ” For The Fallen” exhibition commemorating the centinary of Anzac.
Laurence will be exhibiting some 75 photographs of Northland in the 1980s in his upcoming exhibition “Northland: Gone and Going” opening June 12 2015.
From Laurence’s ANZAC series:
From Laurence’s Northland Churches series: