Peter Turner Memorial Lecture: Cristina de Middel

Cristina de Middel talks about her journey, from a Spanish local newspaper to acclaim as a Magnum photographer, and discusses the changing world of photography.

  • When | Āhea Fri 6 Mar 2020, 6.30pm–9.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Soundings Theatre & Icon, Level 2
  • Cost | Te utu Free event
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Join us for the 2020 Peter Turner Memorial Lecture, presented by Massey University – Whiti o Rehua School of Art in partnership with Te Papa and PhotoBook/NZ.

The lecture will be followed by the launch of Photobook/NZ 2020 and the Australia/New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards, which will conclude at 9.00pm.

Cristina de Middel – To be Continued…

In this lecture Cristina de Middel will tell the story of her journey as a photographer, from her beginnings with a Spanish local newspaper to international prominence as an associate Magnum photographer known for her innovative approach to photography and its dissemination.

De Middel will address topics such as legitimacy, veracity, and the changing world of photography, where facts and stereotypes are becoming harder to distinguish.

A woman in a green dress stands with her hands on her hips staring out to sea, with a bridge in the distance. She wears a cape made of gold foil which blows in the wind high above her head


Laimotele. From the series This is What Hatred Did, 2015. Photo by and courtesy of Cristina De Middel/Magnum Photos

About Cristina de Middel

When Cristina de Middel launched her book The Afronauts in 2012 she created a commotion in the photobook world. Retelling the story of the 1960s Zambian space programme, she wrestled with the inadequacies of traditional documentary practice, emerging with a magical reconstruction of the narrative.

Cristina continues to publish a prolific array of provocative and innovative photobooks. She has received numerous awards in both editorial and artistic fields, including PhotoFolio Arles 2012, finalist in the Deutsche Börse Prize, and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York. She is an associate member of Magnum Photos.

Cristina de Middel


Cristina de Middel, date unknown. Photo courtesy of Cristina de Middel

The Peter Turner Memorial Lecture

The Peter Turner Memorial Lecture was established in 2008, in the memory of the late Peter Turner – historian, curator, and former editor of Creative Camera magazine, who came from the UK to live in NZ in 1981. His contributions to the medium of photography during his time in New Zealand spanned curatorial work, writing, reviewing, and teaching.

He is remembered for his passion for the medium, support of photographers and their work, and his special love of practices he termed lyric, transcendent, or poetic documentary photography.

Founded on reflections on this legacy, the annual Peter Turner Lecture is conceived as a means to broaden discussions about the social and cultural value of the medium of photography today – as an expanded field inclusive of a broad range of lens based media and approaches.