Mark Adams

Mark Adams (b. 1949, Christchurch) is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most distinguished photographers. Since the 1970’s Adams has worked with large-format cameras to produce images of significant sites across Aotearoa New Zealand. His widely acclaimed photographs focus on places of cultural, ecological and historical significance. His practice operates in the bi-cultural space between Te Ao Pākehā and Te Ao Māori, carefully noting and memorialising the places, practices and histories to which he is granted access. Adams is also esteemed for the invaluable photographic record he has produced of artifacts and artistic practices that are associated with local socio-cultural history including Samoan Tattooing (tatau), indigenous architecture and objects of cultural and historical provenance. His hand-printed photographs have been exhibited at leading galleries and major biennials throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and the world including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna Waiwhetu; Govett Brewster Art Gallery; Queensland Art Gallery and the Royal Academy of the Arts, London. Significant exhibitions of Adams’ work have been staged at the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki; Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London; The National Library, Canberra; Sao Paolo Biennale (1998), and many other major museums.

27. 6. 2014 – 1. 7. 2014. Nine Fathoms Passage 8c,9c,10c. Tamatea-Dusky Sound; After William Hodges’ “Waterfall in Dusky Sound with Maori Canoe, 1775-7”. Detail. 2017