Neil Pardington

Neil Pardington
Saturday, September 8, 1962
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Neil Pardington Design
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159 Cockayne Road, Khandallah, Wellington, New Zealand
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Neil Pardington’s practice has been described as ‘straight photography with a twist’. He works in the space between documentary photography – where the defining principle is to capture the truth about the world – and conceptual photography, which contends that such a truth can never really be depicted. Working in City Group, Neil made the experimental films ‘Pier’ and ‘North-South Project’ (which was selected for the National Art Gallery’s 1986 survey exhibition ‘Content/Context’). In 1994 Neil’s short film ‘The Dig’ was selected for ‘Un Certain Regard’, Cannes International Film Festival. In 2002 he produced the feature film ‘For Good’. In 2003 he immersed himself in the world of hospitals and medical museums. The work that resulted from this, ‘The Clinic’, was featured in two major survey exhibitions of New Zealand art – The ‘2nd Auckland Triennial’, Auckland Art Gallery and ‘Telecom Prospect 2004’, City Gallery, Wellington. His following project, ‘The Vault’ (shot in museum and art gallery storerooms), was developed into a major touring exhibition and publication by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. In 2011 Neil received the Marti Freidlander Photography Award. Neil studied at Elam School of Fine Arts and has a BFA from the University of Auckland. He is of Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāti Waewae and Pākehā descent. He lives in Wellington with his wife Amelia Minty, daughter Billie and son Sam. Neil’s career as a photographer has developed alongside his work as a designer, for which he is the recipient of numerous awards. He currently divides his time between his art practice and his role as a creative director of the design agency Base Two.
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