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Bruce Connew

New Zealand, b. 1949

Bruce Connew is a social/political photographer. He lives in Auckland and Paris. Apart from an early skirmish with the West Surrey College of Art and Design, south of London, Bruce is an autodidact. Key projects have shown as solo exhibitions in most major public art galleries in New Zealand. His artist photo books are integral to his practice, while his work is in public and private collections in New Zealand and elsewhere.


Exhibitions (solo)

2013 Censored, Examined, Exploited, Suite Gallery, Wellington
2012 Stopover, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland
2011 I Drive You Crazy, to the Moon, Suite Gallery, Wellington
2010 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 2008 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 Ltd, Dubrovnik, Croatia
2007 Stopover Pataka Gallery, Porirua, Wellington
2007 I Saw You Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington
2004-2005 Muttonbirds - part of a story McNamara Gallery, Wanganui; Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland; Hirschfeld Gallery, Wellington
2002-2003 Press Escape to Cancel te tuhi, Auckland; Rotorua Museum, Rotorua; Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui
1998 On the way to an ambush, performance/projection, Foundings Theatre, Wellington
1995-1997 Suburbs Dowse Art Museum, Wellington; Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui; 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
1986-1987 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, Wanganui
1986 Kanaky New Zealand universities (touring)
1980 Portfolio 1976-1980 PhotoForum Gallery, Wellington


Exhibitions (group)

2013 Recent Auckland Photography, Northart, Auckland
2010 I Must Behave selection, RCA Secret 2010, London
2008 Censored 2008 triptych Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Awards, Hamilton
2008 I Saw You selection RCA Secret 2008, London
2007 Moving Still Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland
2006-2007 Wonder-land Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome; Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; Auckland Festival AK07
2006 Birds - The Art of NZ Birdlife Pataka Gallery, Porirua, Wellington; Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui
2006 Return of the Hand Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui
2005-2006 Verbatim National Library Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland
2003-2006 My Place COCA, Christchurch; Fringe Festival, Adelaide
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
2003 The Caravan Pataka Gallery, Porirua, Wellington
1998 747X10 Archill Gallery, Auckland
1990 Art and Organised Labour Wellington City Gallery
1988 From Pillar to Post Real Pictures Gallery, Auckland
1976 A Loss of Values PhotoForum group show, Auckland Museum


Books (solo, selected)

2012 I Drive You Crazy, to the Moon Vapour Momenta Books, Wellington
2009 I Must Behave Vapour Momenta Books, Wellington
2007 I Saw You Vapour Momenta Books, Wellington
2007 Stopover Victoria University Press, Wellington; University of Hawai’i Press, Honolulu
2004 Muttonbirds - part of a story Vapour Momenta Books, Wellington
2000 Press Escape to Cancel Sport 24, Victoria University Press, Wellington
1999 On the way to an ambush Victoria University Press, Wellington
1995 Suburbs self-published catalogue
1987 South Africa Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland


Books (group, selected)

2013 Recent Auckland Photography PhotoForum
2006 Into the Light, a History of NZ Photography Craig Potton Publishing
2005 My Place Canterbury University Press
1993 NZ Photography from the 1840s to the present PhotoForum
1998 A Century of Images Te Papa Press
1981 By Batons and Barbed Wire Real Pictures
1981 The Tour Athol McCredie/Lothians


Writings & Reviews (selected)

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 2008 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


Films (selected)

2008 On the way to an ambush slideshow/narration, Bruce Connew, DVD
2007 I Saw You 8-mins short film on surveillance, Catherine Griffiths/Bruce Connew, DVD
2002 Visible Evidence eight photographers, Leon Narbey (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 (Auckland and Wellington film festivals and Television New Zealand), NZ
1986 Kaleidoscope 17-minute documentary on Bruce Connew’s photography, Howard Taylor (Television New Zealand)


Permanent Collections

Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa,
Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand
The New Dowse, New Zealand
Sarjeant Gallery, New Zealand
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Manatu Aorere, New Zealand
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Private collections