The main speaker for the KCPS Meeting on 12 October will be Stephen Rowe (BA, DipPhot, MFA), from the Photo School in Raumati.

Stephen has a wide range of experience as an editorial and portrait photographer for magazine stories and book covers, and has also worked as a photography technician/tutor at Massey University.

His exhibition, “The New Rugby” (a documentary photography project that looked at the changes in rugby since it became a professional sport and how those changes mirrored the societal changes in New Zealand since the 1980s economic reforms) started at The Dowse, Lower Hutt, 2003, then toured nationally. Images from the project are held in the Alexander Turnbull Library.

For his MFA final exhibition (ATM, 2008) Stephen produced near life size images of Automated Teller Machines. Devoid of the usual text, these images called into question the ubiquity of branding and the homogeneity of a global consumer culture where words become replaced with symbols.