Our City, Our People, Our Place – 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.

2017: Bishopdale

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

Visit the exhibition at Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre from Wednesday 29 November until Friday 22 December 2017.

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.

Jonathan is showing a crab his family caught, New Brighton Pier
Five-year-old Jonathan is showing a crab his family caught earlier. He also caught his own fish that day. Photo by Janneth Gil. CCL-EE2016-06-JG-6176

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.

Our city

Looking west over Halswell from Kennedys Bush Road. Photo by Mitchell Bright. CCL-HP2015-MB-DSC-9638
Looking west over Halswell from Kennedys Bush Road. Photo by Mitchell Bright. CCL-HP2015-MB-DSC-9638

Our people

Ashwin painting the fence at Checketts Avenue. Photo by Ellenor Waters. CCL-HP2015-EW-DSCF3607
Ashwin painting the fence at Checketts Avenue. Photo by Ellenor Waters. CCL-HP2015-EW-DSCF3607

Our place

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Band, Phoenix Knights, playing at the Winter Dance at the Halswell Community Hall. Photo by Nicholas Glen. CCL-HP2015-NG-IMG-7534
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