Murray Cammick

Auckland, New Zealand, b. 1953

Murray Cammick

Murray Cammick attended the Elam School of Fine Arts in the mid-1970s, and is thus a contemporary of classic New Zealand street and documentary photographers Fiona Clark and Glenn Busch. Cammick’s work documented the quintessential movements in New Zealand’s cultural landscape during the 1970s and ’80s, including V8 car culture in his Flash Cars series (1974-81), teenagers and concert-goers. Although his photographic practice is an important document of the quintessential zeitgeist of the time,  Cammick is perhaps better known for his later work as a pivotal figure in the New Zealand music industry. In 1977, Cammick was the co-founder with Alastair Dougall of the rock magazine Rip it Up, for which he acted as editor and photographer. In 1989 Cammick founded the groundbreaking Southside Records label, which released much of New Zealand’s early hip-hop music, including albums by Upper Hutt Posse, Moana and the Moahunters and Houseparty. In 1991, Cammick followed up this success with Wildside Records, a rock label that represented seminal bands Shihad and Head Like a Hole, amongst many others. With a career that spans both art and music, Cammick is a unique and cherished figure.

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Auction Results

Pontiac photographed late 1975

1975

gelatin silver print

154mm x 235mm

Achieved $780.81

Kerry and Violet chic, Queen St

1975

gelatin silver print

235mm x 154mm

Achieved $660.69

Gary Glitter, Auckland Town Hall

1975

gelatin silver print

242mm x 260mm

Achieved $690.72

Robert Muldoon at National Party Convention, Wellington Town Hall

1975

gelatin silver print

175mm x 116mm

Achieved $660.69