David Straight


lives             Auckland, New Zealand

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David’s interest in the built environment started as a street photographer in London and New York. Long and frequent wanderings on city streets lead to a greater understanding of the importance of cities - of public space and public life, and the city’s social and psychological importance. This has followed through to documenting the built environment in both personal and professional work, from photographing architecture for some of New Zealand’s leading architects to an ongoing exploration of the subtleties of the everyday landscape.

Along side this David continues to explore the evolving nature of photography through artist books. Some of his books are held in the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive in Melbourne and was recently exhibited as part of the Noorderlicht International Photo Festival in Groningen, The Netherlands. His latest book Vernacular, in collaboration with friend and landscape designer Philip Smith, came out in October 2015 and received a highly commended award at the 2016 New Zealand Photo Book Awards. He continues to work on new books.

Born in Christchurch and grew up on the West Coast, David graduated from Massey University School of Fine Arts, Wellington and now lives in Auckland. He likes to travel.