Harry Culy, Nobody believe you (bad luck)
In this small presentation of black and white photographs, Culy explores the antipodean landscape as a haunted space. His practice is one of compulsively collecting of images of quotidian life in Australia and New Zealand, which become part of an ever growing, shifting archive of the gothic every day. Made on a large format 4x5 view camera, these detached photographs reference the history of documentary photography, but were inspired by recent research into the writing of mark fisher and ‘Hauntology’ (the present is haunted by ‘lost futures’) and its relationship to photography.
Harry Culy is regarded for photographs which are based made from personal observations of everyday scenes in both Australia and New Zealand. Working within the expanded documentary photography tradition, he produces depictions of quotidian scenes, often including vacant interiors, seascapes, landscapes, and people – which may hint at narratives beyond the picture plane. He is influenced by the Antipodean Gothic art tradition. He holds a Bachelor of Design (Hons) from Massey University. His work has been exhibited throughout New Zealand and Australia recent exhibitions include Event Horizon at Parlour Projects, Blue Room at Jhana Millers, and I can see for miles at CCP Melbourne. He is co-founder of bad news books a small art book publishing imprint. In 2018 he received the Peter Turner Scholar award for documentary photography.