Laurence Aberhart was born in Nelson, New Zealand and has been exhibiting photographs since 1975. He received a Fullbright Fellowship in 1987 and a QEII Arts Council of New Zealand Fellowship award in 1993. In 2013 He was awarded a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Award. He has exhibited extensively in New Zealand, Australia and overseas, including a solo exhibition at The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2002. Most of Aberhart's photographs are taken with a century old Korona 8" by 10" view camera. He has become well known for his photographs recording Northland Maori church and marae architecture, exploring both Maori and Pakeha sacred and communal buildings. He has long been fascinated by Masonic Lodge buildings, a series which records these buildings from Kaitaia to Invercargill, the far north and south of New Zealand. Other architectural interiors he photographs are waiting rooms, rest areas, shops, community halls, barbers shops and hair salons. Moving outside his 'Last Light' series focused on the sea and horizon in subtle emotive photographs. Aberhart has also travelled extensively in Asia and the US, observing and photographing places, buildings and landscape features. Victoria University Press published a Monograph entitled 'Aberhart' in 2007 including essays by Justin Paton and Gregory O'Brien. His work was exhibited alongside William Eggleston and Noel McKenna in 'South of No North', curated by Glenn Barkley at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 2013. Laurence Aberhart is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.
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