Ben Cauchi Biography


Born Auckland, New Zealand


Advanced Diploma in Photography, Massey University, Wellington



Eidolas, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Canto, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, NZ


As above, so below, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA

Aether, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, NZ


Sea of Vapours, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

The Waters of Lethe, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand


Echo Chamber, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


One's Own GreyDarren Knight Gallery, Sydney


One’s own grey, Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, Berlin

Der Dünne Schleir, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


The Lunar Apogee, Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi, New Zealand

The Sophist’s Mirror: Ben Cauchi, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

Ilminster (a tale in ten parts)Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Hypnagogia, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand


An Alternative History, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand


The Doppler Effect, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand

The Claim, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney


The Dark Chamber, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

Epilogue, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Wanganui


Dead Time, Hocken Gallery, University of Otago, Dunedin & Christchuch Art Gallery, Christchurch

Borderland, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

Lull, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui


Still, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

The Day Before Yesterday, Forrester Gallery, Oamaru


The Long Horror of that Piteous Night, Marshall Seifert Gallery, Dunedin

Last Days, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Wanganui

The Hermetic Seal, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney


Eight Lies, Whakatane Memorial Hall, Whakatane

The Sweet Smell of Ether, Marshall Seifert Gallery, Dunedin

In a Smoke-filled Room, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Wanganui

Smoke and Mirrors, Aratoi Art and History Museum, Masterton & Te Manawa, Palmerston North


The Book of Hours, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington

Ghosting, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington


New Ambrotypes & Building the Empire, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Wanganui

Scenes from the Quiet Room, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington

And a Great Cloud Came Down, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington


Through a Glass Darkly, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington

Building the Empire, Photospace, Wellington

Predictions, Premonitions and Other White Lies, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington


26Up: new cyanotypes, Neut Gallery, Wellington

New Work, Neut Gallery, Wellington  


The Seven Deadly Sins, Neut Gallery, Wellington



Shadow catchers, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia


Fundamentals, Black Box Projects, London, UK

The Room, Objectspace, Auckland, NZ

Painting with Light, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA


Art Basel, Miami, US (Ingleby Gallery)

Paris Photo, Paris, FR (Yossi Milo Gallery)

Jacob’s Ladder, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Strangers, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, NZ

Twenty, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Runes: Photography and Decipherment, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia


Dark Room, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, US

Untitled, Miami, USA (Yossi Milo Gallery)

Paris Photo: Garry Fabian Millar & Ben Cauchi, Paris, FR (Ingleby Gallery)

Home Sweet Home, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, NZ

and per se and, part v & part vi, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

The Armory Show, New York, USA (Yossi Milo Gallery)

The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the Forrester, Forrester Gallery, Oamaru, NZ


Paris Photo, Paris, FR (Ingleby Gallery)

Ruminations in the Cloisters: talking about photography, Old Bank Space, New Plymouth, NZ

Undreamed of…50 years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand

Personal Messages, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

The Amory Show, New York


Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand

The Alchemists: Rediscovering Photography in the age of the Jpeg, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

Carbon Content, Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin, Germany

Showcase, Maerzgalerie, Leipzig, Germany

Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney

Photo London, Somerset House, London

Paris Photo L.A., Paramount Studios, Los Angeles

Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong


The Dreamer is still asleep, Strange Neighbour, Melbourne

The Social Life of Things, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Back to Black: the landscape of unease in Aotearoa, Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei, New Zealand

Flora Photographica, Aotearoa, Bowen House, Wellington, New Zealand


Presence and Absence, Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong, Australia

Ghosting machine, Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammar School, Sydney

Seasoned: contemporary salt prints, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand

Joy Before the Object, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Recent Photographic Acquisitions, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Available Light: Imagining more than we see, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand

Burqas, Veils and Hoodies: identity and representation, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong, Melbourne

Redemptive Glimpses from the Future World, Musterzimmer, Berlin


Natural World, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, New Zealand

Contemporary New Zealand Photography, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

Cruel & Tender, Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland

Now & Then: enduring and developing themes in contemporary New Zealand photography, Te Manawa, Palmerston North

It’s All Make Believe, Two Rooms, Auckland

Season 12 – Garden of Earthly Delights, Stills Gallery, Sydney


Bad Angle, Stills, Sydney

Auckland Art Fair 2011, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Under the Willow, Curated by Virginia Wilson, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney

What’s in a Face? Aspects of portrait photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Collecting Contemporary, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Old School New School: an art and design history of New Zealand, Massey University, Wellington

All Black, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga

Ore Struck: the use of gold in contemporary art and photography, Hocken Gallery, Dunedin

Major photographs, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland


Melbourne Art Fair, Darren Knight Gallery, Stand C48, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Light-sensitive: the use of alternative photographic techniques in contemporary New Zealand Art, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin.

Txt: the written word in New Zealand art, Te Manawa Palmerston North


Light: black and silver, Mahara Gallery, Waikane

Beloved: works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Darren Knight Gallery in Melbourne, Rickard Street, Brunswick, Melbourne

Kind of Blue: new acquisitions and loans, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Surface Tension, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui

Fixated: photography through history, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth

Recent: work by 10 New Zealand Photographers, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga

Thrill me every day: The Celia Dunlop collection, TheNewDowse, Lower Hutt, Wellington

Auckland Art Fair, McNamara Gallery, Brett McDowell Gallery, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Am I scared, Boy (Eh): collection works from then and now, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth


Sitting Room: a portrait show, John Leech Gallery, Auckland

Close-up: contemporary contact prints, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland & Ramp Gallery, Hamilton

Contemporary New Zealand Photography, John Leech Gallery, Auckland

Think Again, Rachmaninoff’s, London

New Victorians, University Art Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney

Real Art Roadshow, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae

Intersection of Collections, 21 Carrington Ave, Mosman, Sydney

Wunderbox, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch


Four by Ten, Hocken Library Gallery, Dunedin

Auckland Art Fair, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland (McNamara Gallery: Photography exhibit)

Moving Still, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

Collect: new acquisitions, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch

Pakeha Now!, The Suter, Nelson

Collecting Photographers, New Zealand Centre of Photography, Shed 11, Wellington

Tylee Cottage: 21 years, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui

Likeness and Character: portraits from the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland

Tools of Survival: contemporary photographers using 19th century processes, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Wanganui

At Home: an exhibition of images of hands, 18 Morphett Street, Dickson, Canberra


Hei Tiki, Pataka, Porirua

Tall Tales and History Lessons: contemporary New Zealand art from the 19th century, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Prologue: the Matthew Couper and Jo Russ collection, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui

Recent Acquisitions, Te Manawa, Palmerston North

Break: Construct, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth


Photo-London, Royal Academy of Art, London (McNamara Gallery: Photography exhibit)

Flag works, Pataka, Porirua

Verbatim, Lopdell House, Titirangi, Waitakere City & National Library Gallery, Wellington

Wallace Art Awards, Wallace Arts Trust Gallery, Auckland; CoCA, Christchurch and Pataka, Porirua

Return of the Hand, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui

Commodity & Delight: views of home, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui

Contemporary New Zealand Photographers, Starkwhite, Auckland; Pataka, Porirua & Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui


Fresh brew, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae


Set Up, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington

Wallace Art Awards, Wallace Arts Trust Gallery, Auckland

Home Sweet Home: works from the Peter Fay collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (touring until 2005)


The Scale of Things, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae

Victory Over Death, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington


Old Gates New Journeys, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington


Rendered in Silver, Photospace, Wellington


Aratoi Art and History Museum

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Auckland Art Gallery

Chartwell Collection

Christchurch Art Gallery

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Forrester Gallery

Frances Hodgkins Fellowship Trust, University of Otago

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Hocken Collection, University of Otago

James Wallace Art Trust

Massey University

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa

National Gallery of Australia

Real Art Roadshow Trust

Sarjeant Gallery

Te Manawa

University of Wollongong

Wellington City Council



Creative New Zealand Berlin Visual Artists Residency, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

New Generation Award, Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand Art Awards


The Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award

Artist in residence, McCahon House, French Bay, Auckland

Artist in residence, Rita Angus Cottage, Wellington


Frances Hodgkins Fellow, University of Otago, Dunedin


Artist in residence, Tylee Cottage, Wanganui 


Amery, M, Overstretched Cauchi show a step too big, The Dominion Post, Wellington, 16 January 2013

Amery, M, Done with smoke and mirrors, The Dominion Post, 29 October 2004, p B10

Amery, M., Just what the doctor ordered, New Zealand Listener, 9-5 July 2011, pp 42-43

And a Great Cloud Came Down (exhibition catalogue), Christopher Moore Gallery (Wellington), 2003

Art World, issue 7 (February – March 2009), B5 Media, Sydney, pp.106-109

Batchen, G, Ruination, Art Monthly Australasia, Issue 288, April 2016. pp38-44

Beloved: works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2009, p252.

Benson, N., Fellow’s work makes the most of ‘Dead Time’, Otago Daily Times, 6 March 2008, p 30

Benson, N., Photographer to cast city in old light, Otago Daily Times, 8 March 2007, p 34

Break Construct (exhibition catalogue), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (New Plymouth), 2007

Brownson, R. Ben Cauchi, Outpost, 3 November 2010,

Bryan, M., Past turned into an artform, Wanganui Chronicle, 19 July 2006, p 11

Campbell, J., Beauty, quirkiness and whimsy, The Otago Daily Times, 13 March 2008, p 38

Campbell, J., Cauchi trades tricks and illusions for subtlety, Otago Daily Times, 25 October 2007, p 34

Campbell, J., New territory provides larger canvases for artist’s work, Otago Daily Times, 24 July 2008, p 30

Campion, D., Ben Cauchi, The Incoherent Light, 1 May 2012,

Carrick, C., Ben Cauchi and the blur of the otherworldly, Restoring the Risidual: alternative technologies in contemporary New Zealand photography, unpublished M.A. thesis, University of Otago, Dunedin

Cauchi, B. The Evening Hours: Ben Cauchi, Victoria University Press, Wellington, New Zealand, 2012

Close-up: contemporary contact prints (exhibition catalogue), National Institute of Creative Arts & Industries (Auckland), 2008

Das Supervisor, Issue 5, (April 2009), Rococo Productions, Sydney, pp.19-24

Davenport, R., Break Construct (exhibition catalogue), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

Dead Time, (exhibition catalogue) Hocken Library, University of Otago, Dunedin, 2008

Dibble,F. A private theatre, The Manawatu Standard, Palmeston North, New Zealand, 14 October 2005, p 19

Dibble, F, Is the artist in the house?, Manawatu Standard, Palmeston North, New Zealand, 18 January 2013

Dignan, J., Art Seen, Otago Daily Times, 15 March 2007, p 34

Dingwall, R., Transported by the senses, Otago Daily Times, 31 March 2005, p 27

Donson, G. Viewing Absence in the Borderland of Light (catalogue essay for the exhibition Lull), Sarjeant Gallery (Wanganui), 2008

Dunn, M, The curious case of Ben Cauchi, Fishhead, Wellington, New Zealand, 1 December 2012

Ed., Ben Cauchi: Dead Time, ARTCore, 7 August 2008, RDU98.5FM/Christchurch Art Gallery,

Ed., Ben Cauchi: The Doppler Effect, Arts on Sunday, 12 December 2010, Radio New Zealand,

Eggleton, D. Into the Light: a history of New Zealand photography, Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson, 2006, pp 176-177

Entwistle, P., More to an art than technology, Otago Daily Times, 19 March 2007, p 13

Gambotto-Burke, A., Remembrance of things past, Men’s Style Australia, May-June 2011, ACP Magazines, Sydney, p 123-129

Ghosting (exhibition catalogue), Christopher Moore Gallery (Wellington), 2004

Gibson, P., The Rapture of Death, Boccalatte, Sydney, pp 8, 112, 121-123, 244

Hall, K. Ben Cauchi: Dead Time, Bulletin of the Christchurch Art Gallery, #153 (Winter 2008), Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, pp 36-37

Hanton, J. Drama of spaces, The Press, 9 July 2008, p D4

Hart, D., Home Sweet Home: works from the Peter Fay collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, p 49

Harvey, R. Fact of Fiction? The photographic art of Bill Culbert & Ben Cauchi, Art New Zealand, Number 115, Winter 2006, Art Magazine Press Ltd (Auckland),    pp 54-57

Hurrell, J., Photographers looks at cinema, EyeContact, 20 February 2012,

In a Smoke Filled Room (exhibition catalogue), McNamara Gallery: Photography (Wanganui), 2005

Ireland, P. in Strongman, L. (ed.), Contemporary New Zealand Photographers, Mountainview Press (Auckland), 2005

Kemp, J., New Victorians: Celebrations of the grotesque: the new sublime in Australian contemporary practice, Eyeline, #68, Eyeline Publishing Ltd, Brisbane

Kreisler, A., in Notman, R. & Cullen, L., (eds.), Beloved: works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, p 252

Landfall 206, Spring 2003, The University of Otago Press (Dunedin), pp 152–161

Langman, D., New Zealand Journal of Photography, 56, (Summer 2004/2005), The New Zealand Centre for Photography, Wellington, pp. 18-23

Last Days (exhibition catalogue), McNamara Gallery: Photography (Wanganui), 2006

Lister, A. Exhibitions: Wellington, Art New Zealand, Number 107, Winter 2003, Art Magazine Press Ltd Auckland, p 44

Lister, A. An Offer of Questionable Intent (catalogue essay for the exhibition Smoke and Mirrors), Aratoi, Masterton, 2005

Lull (exhibition catalogue), Sargeant Gallery, Wanganui 2008

McCulloch, A. New work: Ben Cauchi, Art World, Issue 7 (February – March 2009), B5 Media Pty Ltd Sydney, pp 106–109

Mitchell, K., Exhibitions: Dunedin, Art New Zealand, Number 115, Winter 2006, Art Magazine Press Ltd, Auckland, p 48

Moving still (exhibition catalogue), McNamara Gallery: Photography, Wanganui, 2007

Mudie, E. New Victorians, Runway, Issue 13, The Invisible Inc., Sydney, pp.82-83

New Zealand Journal of Photography, 56 (Summer 2004/2005), The New Zealand Centre for Photography (Wellington), pp 18–23

O’Brien, G., Preview, Artist Profile, Issue 13, Nextmedia Pty Ltd. Sydney, pp. 82-83

Paton, J., (ed.), Landfall, 206, Spring 2003, The University of Otago Press, Dunedin, pp 152-161

Paton, J., Recent Acquisitions: three photographs by Ben Cauchi, Quarterly, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society, Dunedin, pp. 1-2

Pia, L, Gifts from the Ergas Collection: rediscovering the history and power of photography, Look, April 2010, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, pp.10-13

Poland, N. Postcards: Dunedin, Art News New Zealand, Spring 2007, Matrix Publishing Limited Auckland, p 33

Poland, N. Temporality and the ‘slow art’ of Ben Cauchi (catalogue essay for the exhibition Dead Time), Hocken Gallery, Dunedin, 2008

Predictions, Premonitions and Other White Lies (exhibition catalogue), Christopher Moore Gallery (Wellington), 2002

Scenes from the Quiet Room (exhibition catalogue), Christopher Moore Gallery (Wellington), 2003

Simpson, P. Verbatim: in so many words (catalogue essay for the exhibition Verbatim), Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi, 2005

Somerset, G. Shades of Grey, Listener, New Zealand, 20 October 2012

Staff Writer. 10 local artists divvy up awards worth $360,000 in NZ Herald Metro, 30 Nov. 2011, p. A7

Sullivan, E. (ed.), 2003, Home Sweet Home: works from the Peter Fay collection, National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), p 49

Tegart, L., New Victorians (exhibition catalogue), Sydney University Museums, Sydney, 2008

The Book of Hours (exhibition catalogue), Christopher Moore Gallery (Wellington), 2004

The Dark Chamber (exhibition catalogue), Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin 2009

The Gravy, Series 4, Episode 10, Sticky Pictures, New Zealand, 2010

Thrill Me Every Day: the Celia Dunlop collection, The Celia Dunlop Trust, Wellington, 2009

Trevelyan, J. The Big Book of Essays: New Zealand art from the real art roadshow silver collection, Real Art Roadshow Trust, Waikane, 2009, p.5

Trevelyan, J. Real Art Roadshow: the book, Real Art Roadshow Trust, Waikane, 2009, p.26-27

Vickers, R., Interview: Ben Cauchi, Das Superpaper, Issue 5, April 2009, Rococo Productions, Sydney, pp 19-24

Were, V. Conjuring Tricks, Art News New Zealand, Autumn 2008, Matrix Publishing Limited, Auckland, pp 104-108

Were, V. Feedback Loops and Circuit Bending, Art News New Zealand, Autumn 2011, Matrix Publishing Limited, Auckland, pp 102-107

Wolf, E. Photofile, 83 (Winter 2008), Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), pp 40-43

White, E., Pakeha Now! (exhibition catalogue), The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, 2007 

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