Born in England in 1959, Stu Sontier has lived in New Zealand since the age of eight.
After a break from years of darkroom and documentary work (shown in multiple group and solo exhibitions and as part of the book Ink and Silver), he now uses digital tools to explore the dynamic of living in an era of environmental and social uncertainty.
Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand
2018 Geste Paris Binary/Non Binary shortlist exhibitors
2018 PhotoForum Members Show 541 Gallery Auckland
2017 ether online ongoing series ether.susontier.net
2000 Update – The Active Eye Group show PhotoForum (online and interactive CD)
1998 Interface PhotoForum members online exhibition (online and VHS installation)
1998 Apparatus Group Show Soliloquy Gallery
1993 – 1994 Other/Lives Touring exhibition in nine Auckland shopping centres
1994 Open The Shutter – Auckland Photographers Now Auckland Museum
1993 The HYDRA Project with Jon Carapiet. Presented initially in Ponsonby Road shop windows, then in Downtown Shopping Centre and the Auckland Public Library.
1993 The first James Wallace Trust Awards Group Exhibition
1991 Threads of Life Touring exhibition for 14 months
1995 Ink and Silver seven New Zealand photographers; two offset printers.
1994 Open The Shutter catalogue
2009 Talking Culture: Auckland Art Gallery & Art Lounge -Open the Shutter (1994 documentary) with Jon Carapiet
1993 From Magnum to Manukau Auckland City Art Gallery
2018 PhotoForum Members Show – review
2016 Pingyao Photography Festival review for PhotoForum
1996 Monica, Aug/Sept [Identi-kit – review by Jennifer French & Stuart Sontier, pg 8-9] (ed. Tessa Laird)
1996 – 2016 Managed PhotoForum website
1994 Management committee – Open The Shutter – Auckland Photographers Now Auckland Museum