Len Wesney

Invercargill, New Zealand, 1946-2017

Len Wesney initially studied at the Canterbury School of Fine arts in 1965, as a painter. After only one year he left to pursue a career in photography, although his painter’s training in composition and simplification of form is visible in many of his works. Because opportunities for art photography were practically non-existent in New Zealand at the time, Wesney travelled overseas in 1966, studying photography at the Guildford School of Art, in England, where he would later also work as a part-time lecturer. While in the UK, Wesney took the opportunity to travel around Europe, visiting France, Turkey, Yugoslavia and Greece, taking photographs. Wesney had a solo exhibition at Qantas Gallery, London, in 1968. While in London he worked on assignment for Time-Life books and freelanced for the Radio Times; returning to New Zealand in 1970, Wesney was a photographer for the Christchurch Star until 1982, also writing a photography column that featured the work of many groundbreaking New Zealand photographers, such as Laurence Aberhart and John B. Turner. His work was also included in the nationally touring Active Eye exhibition of 1975, widely regarded as a watershed moment for art photography in New Zealand. Wesney’s professionalism and technical skill are apparent in his work, which includes landscapes, street scenes and architectural studies, often capturing unusual juxtapositions of form or abstract patterns. Wesney lived and worked in Christchurch.

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Rabbits, Moke Lake, Otago


gelatin silver print

195mm x 295mm

Estimate $1,500 - $2,500