biography and exhibitions

Mark Purdom’s photographic work, while a commentary on people’s influence on the environment, also plays with our concept or arguably our preconceptions of the picturesque. 

Mark is originally from England and since moving to New Zealand in 2003 he has participated in various group shows at home and overseas.  Several of his photographic projects, namely In Such Multiples As Is Almost Incredible, Untitled - Launderette Series, Coverup 2001-2006, from certainty to doubt  and Mr Whittaker were finalists in the New Zealand National Contemporary Art Award.

In 2015 he was a finalist in the Renaissanace Photography Prize, UK. Mark has a MA in Photography from the University of Brighton, England.

He is a researcher and lecturer at the School of Media Arts, Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand.

 

Exhibitions

2017    - I Bookshow+, Brighton Studio, Brighton UK.  5.5.17 - I Bookshow+

             - MOPLA Exhibition, Venice Arts, Venice CA, USA.  7.1.17 - 29.1.17 -  MOPLA

2016    - Blue Roof Museum, Chengdu, China.  24.9.16 - 23.10.16. -  blueroof museum

             - Photobook Show, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Greece.  9.6.16 - 31.7.16. - photobook-exhibition

            - H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia 4.7.16 - 22.7.16.

            - Open Book, Ramp Gallery, Hamilton NZ.  28.4.16 - 13.5.16. - Ramp Gallery

            - Maud Gallery, Brisbane, Australia 14.4 - 24.4.16. -  Maud Gallery 

            - New Zealand Photobook of the Year - Winner 11.3.16. -  photobookoftheyear.co.nz

2015   - Renaissance Photography Prize, Getty Images Gallery, London, UK. Finalist - 17- 28.11.15. - www.renaissancephotography.org (Catalogue)

            - Open Book: RM Gallery, Auckland NZ.  04.11.2015 - 21.11.  Physics Room,  Christchurch 05.12.15 - 30.1.16. -  physics room

              - NZ Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ. 18.7.15 - 1.11.15. - www.national-contemporary-art-award (Catalogue)

            - Photobook Show, Athens Photo Festival, Greece, Benaki Museum. 3.6.15 - 26.7.15. - photofestival.gr/photobooks

2014     - Survey Hamilton, Waikato Museum, Hamilton. 23.8.14 - 23.11.14.

             - NZ Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Hamilton. 9.8.14 - 9.11.14. - www.Art award (Catalogue)

            - Small Press (Under book), Ramp Gallery, Hamilton. 8.5.14 - 23.5.14. - www.ramp gallery

            - F Book Show, 72Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.  26.3.14 - 13.4.14. -  f-book-show

2013    - New Zealand Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Hamilton. (Catalogue)

             - The Care Factor, Calder & Lawson Gallery, Hamilton, NZ - www.the-care-factor

            - Under, Ramp Gallery, Hamilton NZ (Solo Exhibition) - www.ramp gallery

2012    - MA degree show, University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton (Catalogue)

           - Déjà vu, The Dentist Gallery, London (Part of Photo London Month)

           - Portrait Salon, Roxy Bar and Screen, London - www.portrait salon (Catalogue)

2011  - Survey Hamilton, Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, NZ 

2010  - Ten Raglan Artists, Artspost Hamilton, NZ

          - Free for All, Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, NZ                                                    

2009 - Silver Footprint, Independent Photographers Gallery, Battle, England. (Catalogue)

         - Silver Footprint, Richard Young Gallery, London  (Catalogue)

         - Detours, Artspost Gallery, Hamilton, NZ

         - When was the last time you did something for the first time? Ramp Gallery, NZ         

2008 - New Zealand National Contemporary Art Award. (Catalogue)

         - Jet Collective Gallery, Raglan, NZ

2007 - Jet Collective Gallery, Raglan, NZ

2006 - New Zealand National Contemporary Art Award. (Catalogue)

         - Jet Collective Gallery, Raglan, NZ

2005 - New Zealand National Contemporary Art Award. (Catalogue)

         -  ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton, NZ

2004 - New Zealand National Contemporary Art Award. (Catalogue)

         -  Platform 01, Hamilton, NZ

         - ‘Stopover’, Tonic Gallery, Tauranga, NZ

2003 - Jet Collective Gallery, Raglan, New Zealand

2002 - AOP Awards International Touring Exhibition, London,UK & Europe. (Catalogue)

2001 - Association of Photographers Awards, London (Catalogue)

2000 - 'Urban Animal' Association Gallery, London                  

1999 - Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, Advertising Agency, London

         - BMP DDB, Advertising Agency, London

         - 'Landmarks' Association Gallery, London

1998  - 'Café Society' Association Gallery, London                                   

          - ‘Group Show’ Association Gallery, London

          - Awards Exhibition, Association Gallery, London (Catalogue).

1997  - International Print Awards, The Royal Photographic Society, Bath (Catalogue)                                                                                            

Bursaries

Fuji Films/AOP Photographic Bursary

Awards

Winner New Zealand Photobook of the Year: 2015

Finalist Renaissance Photography Prize, UK: 2015

Finalist New Zealand Contemporary Art Award: 2015

Finalist New Zealand Contemporary Art Award: 2014 (two works)

F Book Show: Hosted by 72Gallery, Tokyo Japan: 2014

Finalist New Zealand Contemporary Art Award: 2013

Portrait Salon Awards, UK: 2012

New Zealand National Contemporary Art Awards: 2004/5/6/8

Association of Photographers, UK: 1995/6/8/2001(silver)

Royal Photographic Society, UK: 1997 (two works)