Harry Culy


Born 1986

Lives and works in Wellington


Working predominantly in large-format film photographs, Harry Culy observes everyday life in both Australia and Aotearoa 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 movement.

After graduating from Massey University, Culy has frequently exhibited across New Zealand and Australia, and was the recipient of the 2018 Peter Turner Scholarship in Photography. Recent solo exhibitions include Event Horizon with Parlour Projects 2018, Rose Hill as part of Projects 2018 at the Auckland Art Fair and Evidence at China Heights, Sydney in 2017.

Harry is currently studying towards his Master of Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington, and has a small press photobook company called Bad News Books.


Education

MFA (currently completing), Massey University NZ

Bachelor of Design (Photography) with first class Honours, Massey University NZ


Exhibitions
2019

Nobody Believe you (Bad luck), Millers O’Brien, Wellington, NZ

The Garden, Precinct 35, Wellington, NZ

Altered Visions, China Heights, Sydney, Australia

2018

Blue Room (with Lucy O’Doherty), Millers O’Brien, Wellington, NZ

The Gap, Parlour Projects, Hawkes Bay, NZ

Projects, Auckland Art Fair, The Cloud, Auckland, NZ

I can see for miles, Contemporary Centre for Photography Melbourne, Aus

CLIP Award Exhibition, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, Aus

2017

Rose Hill, Parlour Projects, Hawkes Bay, NZ

Evidence (with Sam Stephenson), China Heights, Sydney, Aus

LCE4, Lilac City Studio, Sydney, Aus

Pink Bits, Precinct 35, Wellington, NZ

2016

The Gap, Precinct 35, Wellington, NZ

The Big Nowhere, with Max Scott Murray and Robyn Daly, GOJA, Bangkok, Thailand

Sky Colours, with Robyn Daly, Aus

Gaffa Photo Festival, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, Aus

2014

By the Wayside, Photospace Gallery, Wellington, NZ

Bain Marie, Australian Centre for Photography

2013

End of the Role, China Heights, Sydney, Aus

Remake: Emerging Artists, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ

Long way home, No. 5 Studio, NZ


Curation

Where the River Bends, In Situ x Ilam, Christchurch, NZ

Ectoplasm, Green Street Gallery, Wellington, NZ


Awards

CLIP award finalist, Perth centre for contemporary Photography, 2018

Peter Turner Scholarship in documentary photography, 2018

RT Emerging Artists Award, June 2016 (NZ)

Finalist Gaffa Photo Festival, Gaffa Gallery, 2016 (Aus)

Finalist NZ Art Show, Signature piece art award, 2014 (NZ)

Finalist NZ Art Show, Signature piece art award, 2013 (NZ)

Scholarship, Massey University, 2013 (NZ)

WPS Photography Award, 2012 (NZ)


Selected Publications

ArtZone, Summer 2017

Art New Zealand, winter 2017 (NZ)

Salient Magazine, 2016 (NZ)

Seconds Magazine, issue 6, 2016 (NZ)

Blow Up Photography Annual, issue 1, 2014 (Aus)

Massive Magazine, issue 6, 2013 (NZ)


Press, Publications, Interviews, Features

Palmstudios — Feature — Harry Culy

The heavy collective — Harry Culy & San Stephenson, Evidence

Vampir magazine — Evidence Harry Culy & Sam Stephenson

thisonthat.org — Harry Culy on Antipodean Gothic