Professor Anne Noble


One of New Zealand’s most respected photographers. Her substantial body of work spans landscape, documentary and installations that incorporate both still and moving images. She often works in series enabling her to explore the medium and its possibilities in great depth. Since 2001, Anne has been researching and photographing Antarctica, exploring the cultural construction of place through imagination and depiction. Moving away from the traditional photographer’s role as companion to exploratory and surveying teams, and questioning the tendency to frame the Antarctic landscape as heroic, picturesque or sublime, Anne is searching for appropriate forms of representation in light of our current, rather than historical, relationship to place. In 2001 The Dunedin Public Art Gallery curated a major retrospective of her work. The resulting exhibition States of Grace, toured New Zealand 2001 – 2003. In 2005 and 2006 her work featured in exhibitions at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, in Berlin and the Patio Herreriano in Spain. Anne’s series Ruby’s Room was exhibited at the Musee du quai Branly in Paris in 2007. In 2003, Anne was awarded a Royal Society, Science and Technology Promotion Fund grant to lead Revisioning Science: Love and passion in the scientific imagination, a participatory photographic and life history research project. In 2003, she was also recognized in Queen’s Birthday Honours List with an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to photography in New Zealand.

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