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Works of world-renowned Photographer in Auckland

19 April 2006
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Works of world-renowned National Geographic Photographer arrive in Auckland

Take a look through the lens of National Geographic photographer Sam Abell and experience Australia like you’ve never seen it before – in a free exhibition on display in the Aotea Centre from 8 -15 May.

Australia through the National Geographic Exhibition, is part of a series of events for Tourism Australia’s inaugural G’DAY NZ Australia week 2006, and features 38 photographs that explore the landscapes, wildlife and maritime wonderlands of Australia, showcasing the best Australia has to offer.

“Sam Abell conveys through his art the vastness of Australia’s landscapes - from the sparse and remote desert locations, to the bustling cityscapes, indigenous cultures and exotic marine wonderlands - he captures the true spirit of Australia,” said Tourism Australia Managing Director, Scott Morrison.

Tourism Australia is proud to support National Geographic in bringing Sam Abell’s exhibition to audiences around the world because of the magazine’s track record for providing new and exciting information on Australia to its widespread audience.

“This exhibition is right on the mark in capturing and conveying to audiences the essence of Australia,” said Mr Morrison.

For photographer Sam Abell, Australia is a very special place.

“Every photographer who has worked at National Geographic for the better part of their career looks for a place that they can call their own, photographically and spiritually,” said Abell.

“That place for me is Australia, particularly the remote northern part of the continent. I found there a landscape and a people that powerfully affected my photography and me. These photographs are the result.”

The Australia through the National Geographic Exhibition will be on display at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, 8-15 May, before travelling to a number of different regions around the world over the next 12 months.


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