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Danielle and Dave Grant

July 20, 2018





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Carly Saint-Fleur

May 27, 2018





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Sarah-Jane Album 2

May 25, 2018





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Darrylene Album

May 25, 2018





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Paula and Nigel

May 9, 2018





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Leni Favourites

February 26, 2018





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Baxter Family

February 26, 2018





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Auckland photographer wins prestigious gold award

July 28, 2017

Auckland photographer wins prestigious gold award

Portrait Photographer Auckland An Auckland photographer's unique approach has snapped up a gold at the NZ Institute of Professional Photography's (NZIPP) Iris Awards.
Ilan Wittenberg won a gold award in the Portrait Classic category for his photo Man with a Leather Jacket in June this year. The NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards is New Zealand's only professional photography competition. "Winning a gold this year was a big achievement for me, simply because they are so hard to come by," Wittenberg said. READ MORE: * Photographer Ilan Wittenberg exposes the Bare Truth in portrait exhibition Although the photograph of a Takapuna native Ken Talarc did not win the category, it was the only gold-winning portrait not to have been taken in a studio. Shot in Talarc's home, the photo was as much about the subject as it was his environment said Wittenberg who won NZIPP Auckland Photographer of the Year in 2016. "One continues the story of the other. The environment that he sits ... all of that tells a story." "The artifacts behind him actually tell a story about his life and about his parent and the things he does in his life," Wittenberg explained. Wittenberg met Talarc while buying vegetables at the Takapuna Sunday market on Auckland's North Shore. The photographer approached the man selling bric-a-brac out of his truck to ask if he would have his photo taken.
It took several moves around the house, Talarc had inherited from his parents, to find the winning spot in the living room.
"You look at him and you look at the background and they are on the same plane field." "I like the fact that he looked straight at me. I think that, when a person looks at you, you sort of make a connection," Wittenberg said.  

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Ilan Wittenberg wins Gold at the 2017 Iris Awards

July 6, 2017

Portrait Photographer Auckland  
Congratulations to Ilan Wittenberg on winning Gold at the 2017 Iris Awards! Held in Wellington this year, the Iris Awards is New Zealand’s only professional photography competition. The aim of these print awards is to recognise and honour the best in contemporary photography from New Zealand and overseas. The awards showcase cutting-edge imagery and top, creative photographic talent. They celebrate the excellence, providing a platform for recognition within the industry and the wider public. The event also raises the profile of photography throughout New Zealand, providing an annual showcase of cutting-edge imagery and creative photographic talent. It provides an excellent opportunity for photographers to gain widespread exposure for the fruits of their creative efforts. The Iris Awards are open to all photographers in New Zealand and to members of approved overseas professional photography organisations by entering up to 10 prints across a range of categories. All prints are judged in an open forum over a three-day period, the best of which are awarded gold, silver and bronze awards. The judging sessions are open to the public in order to educate, inspire and inform. Each print is scored by five industry experts and Ilan was honoured to be invited to join the judging team for the first time this year. “Judging the Landscape, Student, and Portrait Creative categories was a very humbling experience” says Ilan, “You really have to take time, examine the print and respect the author with constructive feedback” . Wittenberg won a total of ten awards including a Silver with Distinction award for his book Faces of Jerusalem. Click here to see Ilan’s latest award winning images including beautiful portraits from Morocco which he hopes to exhibit in Auckland.




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Tracey and Brendon Wedding

July 3, 2017





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