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Photographic Pioneer to hit New Zealand

Photographic Pioneer to hit New Zealand
Canon NZ presents Vincent Laforet

Canon New Zealand is proud to bring Vincent Laforet - one of the world’s greatest photographers, an honoured Canon Explorer of Light, and Director of Film - to New Zealand.

Laforet was a three-time winner at the prestigious 2010 Cannes Lion International Advertising Festival, a Pulitzer prize-winning photographer, and was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Photography” by American Photo in 2005.

Laforet is visiting New Zealand from the 27th to 29th of August conducting an insightful presentation into the man behind the lens followed by hands-on workshops in Auckland and Wellington for a select number of photographers.

Rochelle Mora, Brand Manager – Imaging at Canon New Zealand, says this is a significant event for avid photographers and filmmakers to be able to experience, meet, listen and learn from someone of this calibre.

“Bringing Vincent to New Zealand epitomises what Canon is about - connecting people who have a passion for both still and moving image with one of the worlds top industry leaders. We are not only fostering their skills but fuelling the creativity of those who love photography and film.

“Vincent sets himself apart with his extensive list of awards and successes, his rich history and his diverse skills that make him such a rare and gifted storyteller with visual images. Very few people can lay claim to fine art prints exhibited worldwide and in private collections while also being at the coal face of world changing events such as Hurricane Katrina and the war zone of Pakistan.”

Laforet will present on the 27th August at the Rialto Cinema, a one and a half hour insight into the famous filmmakers work, taking the audience through his career progression.

In 2008 Laforet directed "Reverie", the first 1080p video shot with a still camera, which was seen more than two million times in the first week of its release. The short film shot with the Canon 5D MarkII camera has been heralded as one of the films that launched the HD DSLR movement.

This is one of the founding reasons why Canon New Zealand are bringing Laforet to conduct two highly anticipated full day workshops (Auckland 28th and Wellington 29th August). Laforet will share a variety of cinematic techniques that are common in all films, and will also provide the tools and rules for filmmaking so attendees can craft the most important part of any film – storytelling.

After a day with Laforet, enthusiasts will have the building blocks and skills required to shoot with HD DSLR, included is a practical session with the latest Canon Pro series equipment.

Laforet who is considered a pioneer in both tilt-shift and aerial photography, and as one of the leaders in the field of HD video on DSLR cameras has featured in National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, CNN, and Good Morning America among others.

“There are few photographers in the world right now with accolades like Vincent. This will be a unique opportunity to hear from one of our industry greats.” concludes Mora

Vincent Laforet - 2012 Reel (Montage) from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

For more information and tickets visit:

Cinema talk:
Rialto in Newmarket 27th August
6:45pm - 8:15pm
Tickets $20, Students $15.
To purchase tickets, visit:
and click on the ‘Coming Soon’ tab

Auckland 28th August
8:00am to 4:30pm
Wellington 29th August
8:00am to 4:30pm
Limited to 50 tickets per region:
$350 per delegate, $250 CPS Members


About Canon

Canon is the world’s leading imaging brand that actively inspires with imaginative ideas that enable people to connect, communicate and achieve more than they thought possible through imaging solutions for business and consumers. Canon has ranked among the top-four US patent recipients* for the past 19 years, and had global revenues of around $US45 billion in 2010. Canon New Zealand also operates Canon Finance New Zealand which offers one-stop shopping for customers wanting leasing or finance services. For more information, visit,,
* Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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