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.


Stu Sontier

Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand

Selected exhibitions

2018   Geste Paris Binary/Non Binary shortlist exhibitors

2018   PhotoForum Members Show 541 Gallery Auckland

2017   ether                   online ongoing series

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


Selected publications

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