Anne Noble is one of New Zealand's most widely recognised and respected contemporary photographers. With images renowned for their beauty, complexity and the conceptual rigour, Noble has been described as "one of New Zealand photography's most subtle and poetic of practitioners" and her work as "strangely arresting and almost always profoundly moving".
Anne has been at the forefront of photographic practice in New Zealand since first attracting attention in the early 1980s with her acclaimed photographs of the Wanganui River. Throughout a long and broad-ranging career, in a strategy that has enabled her to explore her subjects and medium in great depth, Anne has worked in series investigating her subject over several years. A common theme across these different bodies of work is how we perceive and understand the natural world. Her most recent work, which has emerged out of her interest in beekeeping, explores the decline of the honeybee. From 2001 - 2014, her focus was an investigation and critique of the representation of Antarctica and how it is shaped in popular imagination.
Conceived as an alternative archeology of childhood, Ruby's Room developed between 1998 and 2006 has attracted considerable international acclaim for its highly original documentation of childhood and is in the collection of the Musee du Quai Branly.
Anne's work raises questions about the role of the artist photographer. Her images challenge and create a fresh way of viewing the world. As she has said: "I like the magic of photography and its capacity to align the surface appearances of the world with an interior experience of time, memory, and being that exists beyond the visible."
Anne Noble is Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Massey University, Wellington and is the recipient of numerous awards including an Arts Foundation Laureate Award and a New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to photography. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally and her work is in collections throughout the world.
We have access to Anne Noble's full catalogue of work, beyond what can be seen on this website. Please contact the gallery for more information about the artist and her work.