Lloyd Godman

Dunedin, New Zealand, b. 1952

Lloyd Godman

Lloyd Godman began taking photographs in 1967, and worked as a commercial photographer from 1969 to 1983. He established the photography department at the School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, and taught there for 20 years, until moving to Melbourne. Godman has an MFA from RMIT in Melbourne, and a Diploma of Professional Photography from the Modern School of Photography, New York. His work deals primarily with ecological issues, and often employs photograms or other unconventional photographic methods. Godman’s work has documented at-risk landscapes, in projects such as The Last Rivers’ Song (1983-4) and Secrets of the forgotten Tapu (1985-6), while Codes of Survival (1990) dealt with issues around pollution, specifically the accumulation of rubbish on the sub-antarctic islands. Since the mid-90s, Godman has also included elements of installation and performance in his work: the project @ the Speed of Light (2002) involved the projection of an image through a group of hanging bromeliad plants onto a wall covered by sheets of photosensitive paper. At the end of the exhibition, the audience were invited to participate in the fixing of the resulting photogram. Such collaborative, multimedia approaches are typical of Godman, whose website describes his practice as “extreme gardening.”

Auction Results

Bill Hammond, Auckland Islands

1989

C-type print, edition 2/10

560mm x 745mm

Achieved $820.75