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Becky Nunes' new film This Air Is A Material about photographer Ann Shelton one of NZ’s first female photojournalists, is screening twice next week in Wellington and again in a fortnight in Auckland as part of the Doc Edge Festival.

This Air is a Material deepens the understanding of an important artist & her work, illuminating not only her practice but also the small towns, urban myths and creative communities that shaped it. 

Ann Shelton left her hometown of Timaru in the 80’s on a mission. Her sense of social justice and keen interest in human narratives saw her working first as one of the few female photojournalists in Oamaru and then Wellington. From there Ann moved to K’ Rd in Auckland, and attended Elam School of Fine Arts.

Her seminal project Redeye captured the zeitgeist of that time, and catapulted her to public notoriety. Since then Ann has made many rich and complex bodies of work that unearth local mythologies and ghost stories and give voice to characters previously marginalized by history. Her photographs and artist books form a significant contribution to the history of contemporary photographic practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

This air is a material looks in depth at Ann’s work, illuminating it through the words of curators, art historians, her peers and Ann herself. The film traces Ann’s childhood haunts and visits the sites of some of her most powerful photographic works.

Songbroker artist Little Bark's song 'Diamonds for Eyes' was licensed for the film. 

We look forward to watching this insightful documentary on the big screen.

For information about screening times head to the Doc Edge Festival website.



Becky Nunes, Ann Shelton, Little Bark, Sophie Burberry, Doc Edge Festival, This Air is a Material