Author(s): Rick Alexander
Introduction by Peter Ireland. Rick Alexander was born in Napier in 1956 and has lived there on semi-regular basis ever since. From 1976-79 he attended the Ilam School of Fine Arts at Canterbury University, specialisng in photography. He continued photographing full time for the next eleven year, contributing to numerous group shows and holding exhibitions. These included three solo shows, two of which were toured. The first one in 1984 entitled Esperanza, was shown at the Hastings Cultural Centre, Real Pictures Gallery in Auckland, the CSA in Christchurch, the Bishop Suter Art Gallery in Nelson, the Manawatu Art Gallery and the Dowse in Lower Hutt.It comprised a combination of North and South American, and New Zealand photos taken with a 35mm camera. The second entitled Light Dark (1986) was made up of all New Zealand photos taken with a 126 Instamatic, and was shown at the galleries in Auckland and Christchurch. The third exhibition, in 1989, entitled < The Camera Obscured, followed five months of touring around New Zealand with a Pinhole SX70 Polaroid camera. It was shown at the Aberhart North Gallery in Auckland. Over the last fifteen years he has continued photographing, albeit to a lesser extent. Periodically he has work in group shows, most notably the Peter Ireland crated Victory Over Death at Peter McLeavy's Gallery in Wellington in 2005. All the photgraphs in this book were taken using cameras with film. Rick has work in the Te Papa Tongarewa and Robert McDougall art collections.