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Still Looking: Peter McLeavey and The Last Photograph

Still Looking: Peter McLeavey and The Last Photograph

When:

  • Sat 6 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 7 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 9 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 10 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 11 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 12 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 13 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 14 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 16 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 17 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 18 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 19 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 20 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 21 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 23 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 24 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 25 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 26 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 27 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 28 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 30 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 31 Oct, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 1 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 2 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 3 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 4 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 6 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 7 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 8 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 9 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 10 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 11 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 13 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 14 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 15 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 16 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 17 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 18 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 20 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 21 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 22 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 23 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 24 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 25 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 27 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 28 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 29 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 30 Nov, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 1 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 2 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 4 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 5 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 6 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 7 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 8 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 9 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 11 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 12 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 13 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 14 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 15 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 16 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 18 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 19 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 20 Dec, 11:00am – 5:00pm
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Where:

Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Gate 3, Wellington

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Website:

Adam Art Gallery

This exhibition explores the quest described above by Peter McLeavey. Unbeknownst to many, McLeavey spent almost thirty years collecting photographs, amassing a world-class ensemble of prints by some of the medium’s most significant figures.

These include William Henry Fox Talbot, Charles Clifford, Francis Frith, Eugène Atget, Berenice Abbott, Bill Brandt, Dorothea Lange, Robert Frank, and Joel-Peter Witkin. McLeavey also collected related examples of photo-media, such as photogravures by Léon Vidal, James Nasmyth, and Loewy and Puiseaux, and lithographs by Joseph Beuys, Barbara Kruger and Sherrie Levine. In addition, he acquired numerous examples of New Zealand photographs, from ambrotypes and albumen prints to contemporary art.

McLeavey claimed that ‘collections are essentially maps of the self. A diary of the self. They reflect back the lives of the collectors.’ Still Looking takes up this proposition, tracing the trajectory of McLeavey’s own collecting and measuring it against his itinerant childhood, his Catholicism, and his various intellectual, emotional and aesthetic interests.

Welcoming the opportunity to pursue art works that he wasn’t selling himself, McLeavey tended to collect particular photographers in depth and after considerable research and consideration. Most of his photographs were acquired from leading dealers in the United States and are among the finest prints by these artists that were available. McLeavey also framed each photograph in an individually designed molding, accentuating certain aspects of each image and imposing a personal perspective on the viewing experience.

The exhibition features an array of photographic images in a variety of media, along with letters and catalogues related to McLeavey’s purchases, providing a unique opportunity to reflect on the nature of collecting and to invite each visitor to ask what their own ‘last photograph’ might be.

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