John Fields | Max Oettli poster, Photospace Gallery Wellington, 14 June-13 July 2019
Max Oettli - artist info
Born in Switzerland in 1947 and educated at Auckland and Geneva Universities, Max Oettli is a photographer, writer, and teacher. His last appointment was as Principal Lecturer, photography, at the Dunedin School of Art. He has been living between Wellington and Geneva.
Recently he deposited and catalogued his New Zealand photographs 1966-76 at the Alexander Turnbull Library. A major show is in preparation at the Auckland Art Gallery, and he is featured in the Te Papa exhibition 'The New Photography' beginning mid-June 2019.
This is Photospace's first exhibition of Max Oettli's photography. We look forward to exhibiting a larger selection of his vintage and recent work in future.
Max Oettli: 'Man pushing through crowd, Auckland, 1972', silver-gelatin vintage print.
Max Oettli: 'Herne Bay, Auckland, 1974. Silver-gelatin vintage print.
This exhibition will feature two series of photographs;
'A portrait of a house' - Step back in time to John Fields' forensic study of a humble abode in The Residence of Ivan Millett Esq. 1969-70.
'A blast from the past' - Experience the freewheeling ambience of a beer at The Kiwi Hotel 1973-75.
All new prints - archival pigment on 100% cotton rag.
This is John Fields' third show at Photospace in conjunction with Galerie Langman. Previously: 'Forty Years Ago Today' (2008) and 'Signature Series' (2016). Along with the two featured series, we are exhibiting selection of vintage silver-gelatin prints in gallery room 4 - the office.
John Fields - artist bio
John Fields (1938-2013) began a professional photographic career after US Navy service in the Pacific. Arriving in NZ in 1966, he built his darkroom in the new School of Medical Sciences at University of Auckland.
In 1972 he exhibited at the prestigious Carl Siembab Gallery in Boston and was a president of PhotoForum (1972). A driving force, he edited the first monograph of contemporary NZ photography in Photography: A Visual Dialect - 10 contemporary N.Z. Photographers (1971). His work was the first to be acquired for the collection of contemporary NZ photography at the Auckland City Art Gallery and in 1975 he was the first recipient of a QEII Arts Council grant for photography for his Thames project (exhibited 2017).
His highly regarded and influential work is held by the major museums and he is featured in The New Photography (June - October 2019) at Te Papa, with Max Oettli and others.
Both John Fields and Max Oettli are in the book 'The New Photography' by Athol McCredie, (Te Papa Press, 2019). The cover photo is by John Fields.
The exhibition 'John Fields | Max Oettli' runs from 14th June to 13th July 2019 at 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington. The gallery's regular hours are 10am-4pm Monday-Friday and 11am-4pm Saturday. After-hours viewing by appointment.
John Fields: Kiwi Hotel, 1973 (Blair, Jim).
John Fields: Kiwi Hotel, 1974
John Fields: 'Bed, Union St' - vintage silver-gelatin print.
'The New Photography' cover
A selection of John Fields photographs waiting to be hung at Photospace Gallery, 2016. Photo: James Gilberd