Noorderlicht International Photofestival 2017 have a selection of images from The Glass Archive in their exhibition NUCLEUS: Imagining Science – Groningen, The Netherlands, 22 Oct-26 Nov 2017.

A sample of works by eight of the photographers included in the exhibition can be viewed here.

Wayne Barrar, Strew from North German Coast (brackish), from an NBS slide c.1960 (Photographed in 2015)

Two forthcoming exhibitions

Work will be included in two new group exhibitions opening later this month: Where the River Bends at the Ilam Campus Gallery, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 15 August to 7 September; and Interior Worlds at the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, 19 August to 19 November.

Dam at Branch River, Marlborough, 2013 (Gold-toned albumen photograph)

Two reviews

A review by David Eggleton of the recent exhibition The Glass Archive, Hocken Gallery (Dunedin), can be found in Art New Zealand, Winter 2017 (no. 162). The project publication was also reviewed by John Hurrell for EyeContact and appears online here. Both provide interesting and informative commentary on this project.

Journal article

Wayne Barrar’s article, “The Oamaru diatomite: in and out of the archive”, is included in a special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand (vol. 27, no. 1) marking the Society’s 150th anniversary.

For the next few months, open public access is available at this link.

From an Ancient Sea


From an Ancient Sea: Oamaru and the Glass Archive is being shown 9 July through 4 September 2016 at the Forrester Gallery, Oamaru. The exhibition presents a selection of photographs from Wayne Barrar’s project, The Glass Archive.

In this work, he has used photomicrography (photographing through a microscope) in order to make visible the silica remains of microscopic organisms that have been collected, dispersed and archived around the world since the mid-19th century. It includes material relating to the Oamaru diatomite deposit, internationally renowned among scientists and microscope enthusiasts for its extraordinary diversity of diatoms.


New exhibition


From an Ancient Sea: Oamaru and the Glass Archive – an exhibition of work from Wayne’s ongoing project, The Glass Archive – opens on Saturday 9 July at the Forrester Gallery, Oamaru.

This exhibition presents photographic works related to the Oamaru Diatomite deposits (together with other diatom-related sites) made internationally famous by diatomists and microscopists in the nineteenth century.

A publication related to the broader project will be available at this time, including an essay by Kelley Wilder (author of Photography and Science, Reaktion Books 2009, and director of the Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, UK).

Young Country at MTG


Part of Young Country installation, MTG Hawke’s Bay, Napier

The Young Country exhibition is on show at MTG Hawke’s Bay, Napier, 30 April through 26 June 2016.

The exhibition presents poems by Kerry Hines with photographs by 19th-century photographer William Williams, including 33 in the form of albumen prints made specifically for the show by Wayne Barrar.

As outlined in an earlier post, Williams’s principal archive is mainly in the form of negatives, and the use of 19th-century albumen print-making processes offers a rare opportunity to see the work in close material and visual proximity to the prints Williams himself would have produced in the 1880s.

Young Country is currently touring New Zealand, and will be shown later this year at Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne; Waikato Museum, Hamilton; and Taupo Museum. Kerry will post updates on the show and any accompanying events on her website.