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From the Pit photography rocks!

Clare Martin

Here in Aotearoa we have some of the finest live music photographers. From the Pit exhibition which is on show around the country currently showcases the best of the best. 

Curated by Dave Simpson, Chontalle Musson and our own Reuben RajFrom The Pit is a curated exhibition of images of New Zealand musicians playing live in New Zealand.  It is a celebration of the craft and art of live music photography. 

Each week dozens of photographers are huddled into the pits of music venues up and down the country capturing photos of New Zealand’s vibrant music scene.  Part artists, part historians, but all music fans, they all strive to take the perfect photo which reflects how it felt to be at the concert and communicates the excitement of a live music event.

Many of the images may be purchased by contacting the artists. Details HERE 

The print exhibition was displayed as part of New Zealand Music Month.  


Monster Valley, 74 Karangahape Road, Auckland - 24 Sept to 4 Oct

Penny Lane Records, 430 Columbo Street, Christchurch - 12 Sept to 8 Oct

Newtown Social Club, 4 Rintoul St, Newtown, Wellington - 9 Sept to 8 Oct

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Reuben Raj, Chontalle Musson and Dave Simpson, Curators (image supplied)

Written By: Clare Martin Clare has performed as an opera, recital and oratorio artist in UK most notably the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London. In NZ she has performed with NZ Opera and with the NZ Symphony Orchestra but more recently she has moved into a wider range of contemporary genres including jazz and even Leonard Cohen. Since 2008 Clare has been teaching from her own music studio working with professional and beginner singers. In 2017 she was a mentor on TVNZ’s The Naked Choir working with a cappella choirs and she currently coaches barbershop and a woman’s ensemble.