Music Photography Exhibition From The Pit Returns!

Reuben Raj

From The Pit NZ returns for a second year to promote the art of live music photography across Aotearoa. In 2020, the exhibition will be held at three different venues across New Zealand; Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. 

The opening night of the music photography exhibition will be held on 24 September at K Road's Monster Valley in Auckland. The exhibition will then be held for two weeks at the same venue for the public to see and appreciate images of Kiwi artists on stage as well as the professionals behind the camera. 

Along with the full exhibition in Auckland, there will also be an exhibition of selected prints in both Christchurch and Wellington. The Christchurch exhibition will be held at Penny Lane Records from 24 September to 8 October. The Wellington exhibition will be held at Newtown Social Club from the 9 of September to 8 of October. All the information is also available at

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From The Pit 2019

From The Pit is a curated exhibit of images of New Zealand musicians playing live in New Zealand. But more than anything it is a celebration of the craft and art of live music photography.

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Music Photographers at Mt Smart Stadium

Each week dozens of photographers are huddled into music venues up and down the country capturing photos of New Zealand’s vibrant music scene. It’s a difficult and unpredictable environment to work in, but these photographers work tirelessly to capture the magic they see before them.

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From The Pit 2019

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.

An extended remix of the print exhibition with bonus additional content will also available as an audio-visual version. Along with limited runs of high-quality prints in a range of different sizes, available for purchase in-store at Monster Valley.

Now more than ever music lovers and photographers alike are seeing the importance of live music. With locals gigs in full swing, venues across the country are full of happy smiling faces, gathered together once again to enjoy the musical talents of Kiwi artists.

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From The Pit NZ - Reuben, Chony & Dave

From The Pit 2020 is designed and curated by New Zealand music photographers Dave Simpson, Chontalle Musson and Reuben Raj.

Written By: Reuben Raj Reuben is a film and digital photographer who is driven by music in his head. Often seen lurking behind a camera inside the pit of a concert or wandering the streets of China with a blond, Reuben harbours intimate feelings for vinyl records and his Hasselblad SW/C from 1965. He is also the founder of Radio 13.