Paul Greenfield MFA, ARPS

Harvey Benge (1944 - 2019)

Harvey Benge was a New Zealand photographer who lived in Auckland and Paris. He exhibited his work in European galleries.

Benge claimed that his photography was inspired by anything that attracted his attention while walking in the city. He stated that "the most successful photography raises questions, offers something else to the viewer".

In May 2007 he started his photo-blog called Photography + Art + Ideas on the Blogger platform to write about photography, photobooks, art and photographic concepts. He continued his writing and published his last article on June 24th, 2019.

Benge's first book, Four Parts Religion, Six Parts Sin was about Auckland. His second was about the Dalai Lama's visit to New Zealand. Not Here. Not There, contains cityscapes. You Are Here (2007) chronicled his visit to Tokyo and was shortlisted for the Prix du Livre at the 2006 Rencontres d'Arles. He was twice a finalist for the award.  In 2008 he started his own imprint FAQ, based in his home/studio in Aukland, NA as a publishing platform for his self-published books and zines, later including a small signed photographic print with each copy.
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