The TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre is showing an exhibition of photographs by Glenn Jowitt (June 10 to August 3, Part of the Auckland Festival of Photography). In his Artist Talk, Glenn brought to life the origin of his images.
“Glenn Jowitt achieved international prominence in the 1980s with his landmark publication Images Pacifiques/Pacific Images – a book of spectacular photographs of Pacific Island people, published by Doug Owens (1986). The photographs were first exhibited at Auckland City Art Gallery in 1983, and again in Paris in 1986, also touring to Fiji.”
“The James Wallace Arts Trust has recently acquired the original suite of Ektacolor prints which made up the Auckland and Paris exhibitions of Images Pacifiques.”
Edit (26 July, 2014): With great sadness we learn about the sudden passing earlier this week of Glenn Jowitt, aged 59. From the death notice in the New Zealand Herald: “A photographer who captured the spirit of Polynesia. Family was his heart and soul, friends his joy. Please come and celebrate his life with us on Wednesday 30th July at 11:30am at the Presbyterian Grey Lynn Church on the corner of Crummer and Great North Roads, Grey Lynn followed by private cremation.”
Rest in Peace, Glenn, it was a privilege to have met you.
Here is a link to an obituary at Te Papa, The Museum of New Zealand.
Here is Ron Brownson’s tribute to Glenn (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki).