2023 Peter Turner Memorial Lecture & Symposium at Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand

Snapped. Kate Crombie using a Kodak Autographic folding camera, taking a photograph of her sisters Elsie (left) and Margaret at Pūrākaunui, near Dunedin, about 1912, by George Crombie, Dunedin. Gelatin dry plate glass negative. Te Papa (B.047398).

2023 Peter Turner Memorial Lecture & Symposium:

Stories from ‘Through Shaded Glass’ by Lissa Mitchell, and current photo practice by women.


Thursday 8 June

7pm (doors open 6.45pm)

FREE ENTRY: Please register to reserve a seat

Location: Soundings Theatre, Te Papa Tongarewa

Lissa Mitchell – Curator historical and documentary photography, Te Papa Tongarewa

Through Shaded Glass: The publication of Through Shaded Glass – women and photography in Aotearoa New Zealand 1860-1970 (Te Papa Press) represents a significant milestone in foregrounding the involvement and photographic work of over 190 women makers of photography in Aotearoa prior to 1960. It draws on years of primary research locating names, photographs and researching lives and it explores photographic practice where women have made strong contributions and which have been sidelined or overlooked in this country’s photographic histories to date such as collaborative working practices, photographers and the Second World War in New Zealand, non-binary practises, and the involvement of Māori women in making early photography here. It is also ongoing research aimed at enriching and developing the public record and connecting histories of women’s involvement in photography with contemporary photographic practice and society now and in the future.

In the lecture Lissa Mitchell will share the stories of some of the photographers featured in the book, and discuss decisions made in distilling her detailed research into the publication.



Saturday 10 June

10.30am – 4.30pm (registration from 10am)

CHARGES APPLY: Registration essential

Location: Te Papa Tongarewa

About: Shifting the focus to contemporary photographic practice by women, irawhiti takatāpui, people who are non-binary and on the trans or genderqueer spectrum in Aotearoa. Through a keynote address and panel discussions, we are bringing together a diverse collection of people from throughout the country to discuss what is happening in current photographic practice, and what future we would like to share.

Contributors include: Ane Tonga, Edith Amituanai, Natalie Robertson, Conor Clarke, Kate van der Drift, Jo Bragg, Sage Rossie, Virginia Woods-Jack (Women in Photography NZ/AU), Victoria Baldwin (Women’s Work), Samson Dell & Belinda Whitta (The Handmade Darkoom), and more. Please come and join the conversation; early bird and student/unwaged tickets available.

Friday 9 June: Related self-directed activities around Wellington on Friday 9 June will be sent to symposium attendees.