The Christchurch Documentary Project

The Christchurch Documentary Project is a collaboration between Christchurch City Libraries and the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts to create a documentary photographic record of communities across our city. Each year, photography students from the School of Fine Arts photograph the people and physical and social environment of a community, building an archive of contemporary images for generations to come.

Read: Photo archive puts Christchurch community life in focus, Newsline, 16 April 2019

2019: Woolston

Between March and September this year, photography students from  the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts will be photographing the Woolston area. A selection of the images will be on display as a digital exhibition at Tūranga from December. The full collection of images will be available to view on our website from early December.

2018: Inside the Four Avenues

Inside the Four Avenues, 2018 is the fourth instalment of the Christchurch Documentary Project. Three photographers from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts — Thomas Herman, Elise Williams and Summer Robson — photographed the ever-changing landscape of the central city and the people who live and work within its borders.

2017: Bishopdale

In 2017, Janneth Gil, Liam Lyons, Elise Williams, Lucas Perelini and Thomas Herman from the School of Fine Arts photographed Bishopdale.

2016: Edge of the East

Documenting the seaside communities from Waimairi Beach to Southshore.

In 2016 Janneth Gil, Tegan Hollis-Ristow, and Rachel Pugh from the School of Fine Arts photographed the Edge of the East - Christchurch seaside communities from Waimairi Beach to Southshore.

2015: The Halswell Project

Documenting the wider Halswell area.

Ellenor Waters, Nicholas Glen and Mitchell Bright from the School of Fine Arts created a unique photographic collection The Halswell Project that reflects the diversity of the wider Halswell area in 2015.

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