In Napier for the first time!

Date: Sep 15 – Sep 30Space: Mezzanine

FOTOFEST, the annual photography festival event for Hawke’s Bay is back this year from September 15th – 25th 2023. With more than 20 exhibition’s throughout the Hastings CBD using vacant spaces, retail windows and laneways as well as two pop up galleries this 10 day event is for locals and visitors to the Bay to enjoy, “with or without a camera” This event is in it’s second year and supported by Hastings District Council and Napier City Council, with the vision to make this a regional event for 2024. Event managed by local photographer, Shayne Jeffares.



Napier City won’t miss out with a ‘trio’ exhibition at CAN!  A first from locals Lee Pritchard, Jen Fugle-Davis and Josh Mills with his first ever exhibition of his black and white capture of Hinepare, using analogue film cameras.


Lee has had a passion for capturing people, places and ‘moments in time’ over the last 30 years , advancing from his 35mm instamatic film camera to an SLR when he did his OE in 1994. His selection of images for Fotofest includes both film, and digital pictures with the emphasis on ‘Colour’ , taken locally, nationally, and internationally with the philosophy of ’ wherever you are , just grab the shot !…find the beauty in everything that can sometimes be easily overlooked.


Jen Fugle-Davis, the photographer behind This Little Wolf Photography, is based in beautiful New Zealand.  Jen’s passion is digitally manipulated macro flower still life portraits. When working outside in nature her work is best described as fluid and intuitive. Working in a meditative state, the resulting artworks are often described as romantic, rich, vibrant, emotive and full.
Jen is currently nurturing a growing obsession with Eastern European folk art, and spends her days stalking gardens in pursuit of all things beautiful.


@joshua.j_mills “Shooting film for around twelve years now, and becoming more and more passionate over the last three. I definitely feel my work is a type of documentary process of my constant surroundings I usually find myself hunting certain scenarios, imagining hints of mystery or confusion. But through the lens, I seem to capture a grounded sense of familiarity, living in the moment-playfulness, or a grittiness in my compositional story telling. With an extroverted/introverted outlook on infrastructure, society, and communities or individuals, who like myself are all trying our best to face the everyday challenges of an often confusing and irritating world narrative. Also I feel that the imagery I capture around Hawkes Bay, as well as in my travels, translate as part of my own playful(extroverted) persona, although semi- detached(introverted) behind the lens in certain confronting moments. But always living in the now with the situations I find myself in. And like Hawkes Bay itself- slowly reinventing, repairing, and making new connections. Outwiththeold-Inwiththenewold. My images are very much driven by an ever growing enthusiasm for Street photography, as well as my humble practice of Low-brow, and mixed media artworks.”

www.fotofest.nz | 021813877 | info@fotofest.nz

Also in Napier, ‘From the Pit’, will be exhibited at the Rock Shop, in Dickens Street, with a series of digital and print images from leading live NZ concerts.  Founded in 2019, From The Pit is an annual curated exhibition of images of New Zealand musicians playing live in New Zealand. More than anything it is a celebration of the craft and art of live music photography.  Each week dozens of photographers are huddled into music venues up and down the country capturing photos of New Zealand’s vibrant music scene.  It’s a difficult and unpredictable environment to work in, but these photographers work tirelessly to capture the magic they see before them. Part artists, part historians, but all music fans, they all strive to take the perfect photo which reflects how it felt to be at the concert and communicates the excitement of a live music event. As part of the festival programme, Dave Simpson a From the Pit contributor and a regular contributor to Getty Images and Under The Radar will be presenting on his work within the industry, challenges and memorable moments. His editorial images have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world including The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, NME and have been used by brands including Prada and Carlsberg.


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