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.

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.

View the images online, and visit the physical exhibition Inside the Four Avenues, 2018. It is located outside the TSB Space Hapori | Community, Level 1, Tūranga, and takes place from Wednesday 21 November 2018 to Wednesday 30 January 2019.

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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