We are excited to announce the arrival of BJ Ball’s new swatch collection. It’s amazing! We are working our way through them and will be selecting some new and exciting papers to add to our existing catalogue. These papers will be ideal for short run economical art prints. Keep a lookout for more information.
We adore Katrina, 12 years ago she was our first client. Her work was featured in the exhibition “tide”. We are still printing Katrina’s photographs that are being sold in her store at 187 Ponsonby Road, Auckland.
We had so much fun at the Katrina Hobbs store opening last week. Her store is full of artistic accessories. Katrina says that she has “a fascination with color, texture and design, experimenting with each element to create works that express and unravel an individual story.” These elements are evident in her store and shine through in her photographic prints, cushions, throws and scarves.
To find out more about Katrina’s amazing new store click here.
We’ve been thinking about our paper catalogue and decided that our fine art section didn’t really make sense. The Epsom Hot Press Natural and Epsom Cold Press Natural were too similar. For some time we’ve had Hahnemuhle German Etching as an off catalogue and it has been producing stunning results. It’s become apparent that our Epsom Cold Press Natural has become pretty much redundant.
We’re not the only people who love German etching. “I have no desire to hide or disguise the photographic intent of the images I make. So my reason for liking this paper is not because it tricks viewers into imagining the image to be drawn or painted. No: I like it because it makes the right sort of image look astonishingly but subtly lyrical.” - Tim Ashley Photography
Check out our pricing page to look at our updated catalogue.
Our New Location - Mahatma Gandhi Centre, 145 New North Road, Kingsland.
We’ve found a place that’s close, that’s easy to get to, and has parking, We have been offered the opportunity to move into a space in the iconic Mahatma Gandhi Centre. Only a couple of blocks from our old address at 2 Khyber Pass Road, our new location has great lighting and accessible parking.
Our New Printer - Epson SureColor P9070 44”
To ensure that we are delivering the best possible work we recently acquired a new Epson SureColor P9070 44” large format printer. The P9070 features a 2880 x 1440 dpi head delivering ultra-high resolution with superior half tones and optimised ink density. In addition, the 10 colour Epson UltraChrome HDX ink enables prints with a high dMax and wide colour gamut achieving 98% PANTONE certified coverage.
‘Shift’ is a collaboration between Ben Young and Zico. Over the last few months, Ben and Zico have been working together on designing a sculpture and then photographing on location at White Island, New Zealand’s most active volcano.
It was a pleasure working so closely with Zico, we would print proofs Zico would refine his images and we would print fresh proofs until, together, we produced a series of prints that met Zico's extremely high standards.
Zico selected Epson Hot Press Natural and we are totally stoked with how well they printed, plus Factory Frames did a stunning job of framing, resulting in an exhibition we can all be proud of. We can't wait to be involved in Zico's next endeavour.
The show closes on the 27th of July
Jon traveled extensively over a three year period to build this body of work. Guardians is a collection of photographs exploring the camera’s potential to capture the unseen. Uncertainty mixes hope, magical thinking and reminiscence. We really enjoyed working with Jon and printing for this exhibition, the pieces are printed on EPSOM Enhanced Matt and we are fully stoked with the result.
Hum • 2 June - 24 June
Opens 5:30pm on Friday 1 June
Hours Friday to Sundays 10am – 7pm
Where 123 Grafton Rd.Grafton Bridge, Auckland
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After being diagnosed with cancer, Andrew decided to explore New Zealand and capture landscapes evoking feelings of wonder, peace, and tranquility. Andrew is fascinated by the human struggle with the landscape and was inspired by the heeling nature that he witnessed. During the period of his chemo therapy, on the days he was strong enough, he would come to the studio and work through the images choosing the most relevant and making decisions on composition and color. It was inspiring work along side someone who was able to replace the challenge of the chemo with a fascination for the New Zealand landscape. If you are interested in finding out more about this collection you can email him at email@example.com
The question we get asked most often >>>>> is there anywhere to park? And realistically the answer is, not really. It is time to take action. WE ARE MOVING. But where, you ask. We don't know and would like your help. You know what we do, we need about 90sq m, easy parking and not too far from where we are now.
If you do know of anything we'd really appreciate you calling us on 09 638 8161 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Digital Darkroom is proud to be a sponsor of Finding Temeraire. Opening night is on Tuesday 17th October at the Basement Theatre.
We will be giving away two VIP tickets to the opening night for a lucky subscriber to our mailing list. The draw will be held at 6pm on Friday 13th October. Lucky winner will be advised by email.
If you are not currently on our mailing list and wish to be in the draw, sign up to our mailing list here
To purchase tickets, just click here
the mentawai of indonesia
Guy Needham is a travel photographer whose work primarily focuses on cultures, drawing on themes of identity and place.
His images have appeared in National Geographic Creative, National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, AFAR, CNN.com and International Traveler as well as being used by Tourism Australia, Papua New Guinea Tourism and Vanuatu Tourism. He has exhibited in London, New York, Tokyo, Moscow, Zagreb and here in New Zealand and is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and the World Photographic Organisation.
The Mentawai people live in an island group 150km off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Considered one of the planet's most ancient tribes, today they are still found deep in the island jungle. The Mentawai have a unique culture with their own language. Most of the older villagers are decorated with tattoos and Mentawai women are known for their sharpened teeth. The men are expert hunters, to this day still using arrows tipped with poison made from the forest. Discussing the creative decisions around the exhibition, Guy explains "This exhibition is a testament to their simple way of life and pure sense of self. The monochrome images use contrast in a wider sense, echoing the differences between their uncluttered lives and ours."
We are producing a series of A1 and A0 Ilford GALERIE Smooth Pearl 310gsm black and white prints for Guy's exhibition, the first is shown above.
To find out more:
- Opening Date:Tuesday, 13 June 2017
- Closing Date:Sunday, 2 July 2017
- Opening Time:Tue-Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-4pm, Sun 11-3pm
We are really looking forward to this opening, it has been a pleasure to print, although not without a little drama. Hahnemuhle papers are in big demand at this time of year, a big thank you to Aarque Graphics for air freighting paper in to ensure we could complete the show.
Michael's work focuses specifically on exploring the human impact on the environment. He is currently undertaking an extensive project to document the causes and effects of our changing climate as personal exploration and to improve ecological awareness around the world.
Michael chose Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matt 308gsm for this exhibition. Excellent for Michael's work, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matt has a superb tonal range ensuring that his subtle tones are accurately preserved. Also, Hahnemule's environmental credentials align closely to Michael's.
For further information:
Live jazz with Leon Hattori
We are supporting the Rotary live jazz night with award winning Leon Hattori and would love if you could too. Tickets are going for $20 per person. The night will raise funds for the Heart Saver project, specifically for more Defibrillators (AEDs) out in our communities.
- When: Saturday 11 March 2017, 5.00 – 7.00pm
- Where: Danish House, 6 Rockridge Avenue, Penrose
- Tickets: $20pp • Cash bar • BYO cheese & nibbles
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/246627929121223
- Eventfinda: www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/jazz-with-leon-hattori/auckland/penrose
Net Proceeds to: Rotary’s Heart Saver project (AEDs) & other Rotary community causes.
Buy Tickets From: Rotary Mt Eden Members
Chapter Book & Tea Shop, 442 Mt Eden Rd, email@example.com, T 6232319, Contact Frances Loo Eventfinda (please note that ticket purchases on eventfinda incur handling fees)
Enquiries to: Frances Loo T 09-6232319 M 021-635027 or E firstname.lastname@example.org
Leon Hattori Bio:
I have been playing piano as long as I can remember and, since moving to New Zealand, have been getting piano lessons by two outstanding jazz pianists, Dr Mark Baynes and Jonathan Crayford.
With a high school band, I won the MAINZ musicianship award at the Auckland regional finals of Smokefree Pacifica Beats in 2014 and, at the annual National Youth Jazz Competition in Tauranga, I won an award (SOUNZ Trophy for the Best Performance of a New Zealand Composition) with my band “The Good Vibes” for one of my own compositions (It's Time), as well as winning the most outstanding Keyboarder award in 2015 and the most outstanding Pianist award in 2016.
I have been a member of “The Good Vibes” since early 2015. We have played for the Hamilton Jazz Society, as well as doing some background music for private functions, as well as restaurants and bars such as Hallertau or the Wine Chambers.
Rotary District 9920 Heart Saver Project:
Cardiac arrests are the second largest killer of New Zealanders each year. 85% of all those that suffer one, die.
Cardiac arrests do not discriminate and often come with no warning. Every day, 5 Kiwis lose their life from this tragic event. What's truly tragic about this statistic is that each of these lives is deemed "saveable" if only they had early access to a defibrillator. Every minute without one lowers the chances of survival by 10%.
As a country, New Zealand is short of publicly funded defibrillators. We need another 4,500 to get to what might be considered to be an acceptable level. So every single defibrillator that we can get into circulation really does make a difference. Rotary District 9920's goal is for the clubs in its district to provide >50 defibrillators into our community.
Preserving a record of NZ’s architectural heritage
Martin Law, “I believe our architectural past is very significant and should not be destroyed, but protected and cherished”.
After graduating from London's Central St Martins School of Art and Design Martin worked on the design of large Middle Eastern palaces, Hotels, and Super Yachts. The results were regularly published in professional magazines internationally.
Recently, as a resident of Mt Eden, the tragedy of destruction occurring around him inspired Martin to capture Mt Eden landmarks both literally and whimsically. The result is ‘Paintings of Mt Eden’, Martin’s first solo exhibition. Martin's long term ambition is to produce the largest collection of paintings of NZ Architecture by a single artist. We are looking forward to working with him, digitizing each of his paintings and producing limited edition high quality prints on Hahnemühle German Etching® 310gsm.
Daniel has a unique process based on creating digital assets and final artworks using Auto CAD. For this project Daniel spent many hours at The Louvre building his library of digital assets and then integrating them into his printing files. Once printed on canvas he paints to complete the artwork. We have been taking the opportunity to gain experience printing using the superb Ilford Galerie Prestige Canvas Natural 340gsm. As many of you will know we have stopped printing on canvas because we didn't enjoy the results. However, Daniel's process requires canvas and we thought it was time to confront our canvas demon.
Ilford state that Canvas Natural is a cotton/polyester blend canvas with a matt surface and natural tint with no added optical brightening agents in the coating layer offering stunning colour reproduction thanks to a wide colour gamut that enhances rich colours and provides deep, dense blacks. Ideal for Daniels requirements.
Over two days we printed 24 meters of canvas, the results were outstanding. Daniel is now on a beach somewhere adding the final touches to his work, we are looking forward to seeing the final result.
FULL MOON KINGDOM
Our first sponsorship of the year is Kathrin Simons Full moon kingdom.
Over a period of two years Kathrin visited the zoo at night when the moon was at its brightest. Working with a NIKON D800 Kathrin would select an ISO setting as low as 200 requiring exposure times of up to 3 minutes. The result is an exhibition that combines technical and aesthetic discipline with an inspired creative vision to produce an intense and immersive experience.
We took this photo (above) last year when Kathrin Simon came in to share the excitement of the first finished print. Stunning.
Kathrin chose ILFORD Galerie Prestige Metallic Gloss for the collection. While this paper requires careful lighting it delivers both the shadow detail and splashes of warmth critical to Kathrin’s story.
The exhibition closes on the 20th and so this weekend is an ideal time to check it out. To find out the story behind the story check out the video below:
Are you preparing work for the Auckland Festival of Photography 2016?
We are accepting proposals for sponsorship for exhibitions in this years festival. If you think that your exhibition would work using ILFORD Galerie Prestige Metallic Gloss we would love to talk to you about it.
The Mount Eden Village Business Association have asked us to help locate missing early Mount Eden Photos. These Photos Are:
- Corner Essex Rd (previously Mozaik Café)
- Till and Son building (home to Barfoot & Thompson) Garage and Marriots Building – the corner of Valley Rd and Mt Eden Rd, taking in RAD Café down to the Village Winery
- Essex Rd to Ngauruhoe St including Circus Circus – we would love an old photo of this building (before it became Circus Circus) as it’s the oldest in the Village, but we also want photos of any of the other buildings in this block (now home to Mt Eden Pharmacy, the Vacuum Cleaners Shop and Hair & Bodybliss)
- Crystal Palace
- Greyfriars Church
- Tram shelter at the base of Mt Eden
- Eden Hall and Poronui St Flats – these are either side of the Poronui St intersection. ANZ is on one side (Eden Hall) and the residential flats are on the other side.
- Old Post Office (home to De Post)
- Old Bakery (home to the Paris Mt Eden Bakery – next door to De Post)
PLEASE SHARE this request with anyone you think might be able to help
Please Email email@example.com if you have any photos (preferably black & white). Thanks very much!
Pavement Downstairs, 224 Symonds Street
26th September 3pm-5pm
DZON delivers in a style reminiscent of Les Arts Incohérents. However the political messages are subtle and many of the found objects are plundered from the digital treasure trove of iPad Apps.
"Charles Darwin would find The Planet of the Apps familiar, some of the apps used in the production of this exhibition are now ‘extinct’, many have evolved strangely, some are back with new and utterly seductive random glitches" - DZON
Our new home in 2 Khyber Pass Road doesn't lend itself to exhibitions and so we are working with our near neighbours PAVEMENT, an intimate late night bar that compliments the contemporary edginess of this collection.
Delectable nibbles by our friends at L'Atelier a playlist compiled by Dan Aux, and PAVEMENT's cash bar (beware of it's seductive top shelf [yes I did make this mistake]) will combine with DZON's masterful collection to deliver a delightful dinner aperitif. Feel free to call us on 09 638 8161 if you need more information or click here to visit the event page.
Trip the light fantastic, Moa mine
Emus are gracile
Moas are always depicted as stolid
They might have danced
Nobody there to spook them
And if it was a sort of lumpen
Whistling and moaning
Strutting their stuff
Bobbing and weaving,
Kicking and ripping the fecund earth,
Image change for Moa,
In those post Gondwana mists of time.
We are looking for an intern for 3 months, who wishes to extend their knowledge of fine arts and printing!
Responsibilities will vary but may include, answering the phone, talking to customers, restoring photographs, printing images.
Though we expect the intern to have some competency in the key skills outlined below, we also offer training in these skills.
- Competency in the use of any/all of the following: Adobe Creative Suite (specifically In-design and Photoshop), Microsoft office including Excel and Word, social media sites such as Facebook.
- Have pride in the quality of your work.
- Be creative and have attention to detail
- Careful and organised approach to work.
- Appreciation of our customer’s needs.
- Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Able to manage multiple projects at any one time.
- Be dedicated and willing to learn.
- Passionate about the arts.
On satisfactory performance of the internship, the intern will receive a certificate of completion and a letter of appreciation.
Please email a brief cover letter, your CV and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 28th of August to register your interest.
A kiwi artist who is recognised for his highly skilled aerosol art on buildings and vans. You have probably seen his art work driving on the motorway or catching the train.
You may have seen Daniel's graffiti art work while driving.
We had fun printing for Daniel, these prints are among a collection of contemporary art currently on show at Daniel and Tracey's pop up shop at 41 Surrey Cres Grey Lynn, Auckland.