Photo of Bruce

New Zealand, b.1949

Bruce Connew is a photographer.

He lives in Auckland, New Zealand, and sometimes in Paris.

Apart from an early skirmish with the West Surrey College of Art and Design, south of London, Bruce is an autodidact.

His central projects have shown as solo exhibitions in most public art galleries in New Zealand.

A number of these projects are published as variations on the photobook.

Two books — ‘I Saw You’ ( 2007) and ‘I Must Behave’ (2009) — reflect a protracted review of his practice, as does his yet to be published 2011 series, ‘I Drive You Crazy, to the Moon’. His most recent book, ‘Body of Work’ (2015), acknowledges this ongoing review.

‘My work does not come from orderly research. An idea emerges from an assortment of simmering propositions, components of things yet to be fashioned. With these elements in hand, I set off in pursuit of other evidence from which to construct meaning.’

His work is in public and private collections in New Zealand and elsewhere.

 
bruce@bruceconnew.com

 

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  • 2013 · Censored, Examined, Exploited, Suite Gallery, Wellington
  • 2012 · Stopover, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland
  • 2011 · I Drive You Crazy, to the Moon, Suite Gallery, Wellington
  • 2011 · Karma Police and The Way We Live Now Suite Pop-Up Gallery, Wellington
  • 2009 · I Must Behave, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
  • 2009 · Censored triptych, Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington
  • 2009 · I Must Behave Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington
  • 2008 · Stopover, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga
  • 2008 · On the way to an ambush, War Photo Limited, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 2007 · Stopover, Pataka Art Gallery, Porirua, Wellington
  • 2007 · I Saw You, Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington
  • 2004–2005 · Muttonbirds - part of a story, McNamara Gallery, Whanganui; Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland; Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington
  • 2002–2003 · Press Escape to Cancel, te tuhi, Auckland; Rotorua Museum, Rotorua; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
  • 1998 · On the way to an ambush, performance/projection, Foundings Theatre, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
  • 1995–1997 · Suburbs, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui; Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North; Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery, Rotorua
  • 1988–1990 · Beyond the Pale, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington; Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland; various venues, Buller/Westland
  • 1986 · Kanaky, New Zealand universities (touring)
  • 1986–1987 · South Africa, National Art Gallery, Wellington; Hastings City Cultural Centre, Hastings; Fisher Gallery, Auckland; Robert McDougall Gallery, Christchurch; Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
  • 1980 · Portfolio 1976-1980, PhotoForum Gallery, Wellington
  • 2016 · ‘Body of Work’ book, Show, curated by Ed Hanfling, with others, Ramp Gallery, Wintec, Hamilton
  • 2016 · Disenchanted Prophets Matakite Matekiri, Photography as Living Protest, curated by Nina Sejar, with Mark Adams, Bruce Connew, Gil Hanly, John Miller, Ans Westra, Te Kōngahu, Museum of Waitangi
  • 2014 · History in the Taking: 40 Years of PhotoForum, curated by Nina Sejar and Geoffrey H. Short, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, City Gallery Wellington
  • 2014 · I Saw You (Re:Vision), Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland
  • 2013 · Recent Auckland Photography, Northart, Auckland
  • 2010 · I Must Behave selection, RCA Secret 2010, London
  • 2008 · Censored triptych, Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Awards, Hamilton
  • 2008 · I Saw You selection RCA Secret 2008, London
  • 2007 · Moving Still, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland
  • 2006 · Birds – The Art of NZ Birdlife Pataka Gallery, Porirua, Wellington; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
  • 2006 · Return of the Hand, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
  • 2006–2007 · Wonder-land Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome; Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; Auckland Festival AK07
  • 2005 · Stopover screened, Visa Pour l’Image photography festival, Perpignan, France
  • 2005 · Symbols of Sovereignty, Pataka Gallery, Wellington
  • 2005 · Pacific Light, Pataka Gallery, Porirua, Wellington
  • 2005–2006 · Verbatim National Library Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland
  • 2003 · The Caravan, Pataka Gallery, Porirua, Wellington
  • 2003–2006 · My Place COCA, Christchurch; Fringe Festival, Adelaide
  • 1998 · 747X10, Archill Gallery, Auckland
  • 1990 · Art and Organised Labour, City Gallery, Wellington
  • 1988 · From Pillar to Post, Real Pictures Gallery, Auckland
  • 1976 · A Loss of Values, PhotoForum group show, Auckland Museum
  • 2015 · Body of Work, Vapour Momenta Books
  • 2009 · I Must Behave, Vapour Momenta Books
  • 2009 · Censored, GRANTA 105, Spring 2009
  • 2007 · I Saw You, Vapour Momenta Books
  • 2007 · Stopover, Victoria University Press and University of Hawai’i Press
  • 2004 · Muttonbirds—part of a story, Vapour Momenta Books
  • 2000 · Press Escape to Cancel, SPORT 24, Fergus Barrowman
  • 1999 · On the way to an ambush, Victoria University Press
  • 1995 · Suburbs, self-published catalogue
  • 1987 · South Africa, Hodder & Stoughton
  • 2014 · PhotoForum at 40, Counterculture, Clusters, and Debate in New Zealand, Nina Sejar, Rim Books
  • 2013 · Recent Auckland Photography, PhotoForum
  • 2006 · Into the Light, a History of New Zealand Photography, Craig Potton Publishing
  • 2005 · My Place, Glenn Busch and Bruce Connew, et al, University of Canterbury
  • 1998 · A Century of Images, Te Papa Press
  • 1993 · New Zealand Photography from the 1840s to the Present, PhotoForum
  • 1981 · By Batons and Barbed Wire, Real Pictures
  • 1981 · The Tour, Athol McCredie/Lothians
  • 2012 · Auckland Festival of Photography, symposium speaker
  • 2011 · I Drive You Crazy, to the Moon, Dr Barbara Garrie, NZ
  • 2011 · I Must Behave, Marcel Tromp, Landfall 219, NZ
  • 2009 · Visual Archives, Deidra Sullivan, PhotoForum, NZ
  • 2009 · Saturday Morning, Kim Hill, Radio New Zealand
  • 2009 · Censored, GRANTA 105, Lost and Found, Spring 2009, UK
  • 2008 · Unguarded Moments, Michael Fitzgerald, EDIT 45, Germany
  • 2007 · Cutting Out, Elizabeth Keenan, TIME magazine
  • 2007 · Witness to a Migration, Finlay Macdonald, Sunday Star Times, NZ
  • 2007 · The Gentle Observer, Kelly Andrew, Dominion Post, NZ
  • 2005 · Of Flight and Death, Michael Fitzgerald, TIME magazine
  • 2005 · Dug In, Dug Out, Gregory O'Brien, City Gallery Wellington, NZ
  • 2003 · Finding the Bodies, Peter Ireland, PhotoForum 69, NZ
  • 2003 · Street Wise, Virginia Were, Art News, NZ
  • 1999 · On the way to an ambush, Justin Paton, Landfall 198, NZ
  • 1998 · Saturday Morning, Kim Hill, Radio New Zealand
  • 1988 · South Africa in Black and White, Riemke Ensing, Art New Zealand
  • 1988 · Coalface Close Up, Bruce Connew, NZ Listener
  • 1986 · Withering Contempt, John B Turner, Creative Camera, UK
  • 1986 · Zealot Who Melds Film and Feeling, Linda Clark, New Zealand Times
  • 1986 · View Through a Passionate Eye, Michael Kopp, Dominion, NZ
  • 1986 · Seeing With the Camera, Ian Wedde, Evening Post, NZ
  • 2008 · On the way to an ambush slideshow/narration, Bruce Connew, DVD
  • 2007 · I Saw You, 8-minute short film on surveillance, Catherine Griffiths/Bruce Connew, DVD
  • 2002 · Visible Evidence, eight photographers, Leon Narbey, produced by Trevor Haysom (shown Television New Zealand)
  • 1987 · South Africa in Black and White, 12-minute documentary using Bruce Connew’s South Africa images, Tom McWilliams/Terry O’Connor (shown New Zealand International Film Festival, Auckland and Wellington)
  • 1986 · Kaleidoscope, 17-minute documentary on Bruce Connew’s photography, Howard Taylor (shown Television New Zealand)
  • Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa,
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand
  • Dowse Art Museum, New Zealand
  • Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua, New Zealand
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Manatu Aorere, New Zealand
  • Private collections