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Any Lonely Person Write to Ponsonby
Harvey Benge

Any Lonely Person Write to Ponsonby, Harvey Benge Any Lonely Person Write to Ponsonby
Harvey Benge
FAQ Editions


Edition 27/50
28 pages
180 x 230 mm


The photographs in this series were made in the early years of the 1970’s. At that time I exposed over 200 rolls of black and white film in the Auckland suburbs of Parnell, Freemans Bay and Ponsonby. Also in Auckland’s central city. The period predated the rush of urban revitalisation and gentrification that we see in Auckland today. The image of the cactus, strangely, was made in Warkworth and its sad spikey message resonated for me then as it still does today. The other 19 photographs in the series were chosen to capture the feeling of central Auckland as it was 40 years ago and to speak to the bizarre thought of lonely people coming to Ponsonby.

About the Artist
Harvey Benge (1944–2019) was a prolific photographer and committed maker of photobooks. Working between Auckland and Paris he published over 70 titles, often in the form of limited editions. Publishers included Dewi Lewis in the UK, Kehrer Verlag in Germany and Super Labo in Japan, as well as Benge’s own imprint FAQ Editions. His photographs have also been shown in public and private galleries in the UK and throughout Europe as well as in New Zealand. He has twice been a finalist in the prestigious Prix du Livre at Arles Photography Festival, France.

About the Publisher
FAQ Editions is the imprint of New Zealand photographer Harvey Benge.

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