For Ben Cauchi

A DigitalNZ Story by Courtney Johnston

Wanganui photographer Ben Cauchi has an exhibition opening at City Gallery Wellington on 20 October. Cauchi works with 19th century photographic techniques - salt prints, tintypes, ambrotypes, wet collodion plates - formats that require fast, accurate hand processing and are open to mishap and failure. This set brings together examples of Cauchi's own work with historical examples of these photographic processes. There's a denseness and mystery to Cauchi's work that I find very appealing. Assembling even this small collection of his work also makes me start to see motifs: the camera as face/eye, the glowing heart, the domestic rendered ghostly, empty space that's full of presence.

Image: Loose Canvas
Loose Canvas

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Image: Self-portrait
Self-portrait

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Image: The photographer's shirt
The photographer's shirt

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Image: Interior, early hours
Interior, early hours

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Image: Album of tintype portraits
Album of tintype portraits

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Image: Portrait of a Maori woman
Portrait of a Maori woman

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: James Francis Meadows, fl 1850
James Francis Meadows, fl 1850

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Unidentified man and two boys
Unidentified man and two boys

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Unidentified man and woman
Unidentified man and woman

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Unidentified man
Unidentified man

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Unidentified woman
Unidentified woman

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Portrait of a seated couple
Portrait of a seated couple

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Image: Unidentified woman
Unidentified woman

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Building and park, Britain
Building and park, Britain

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Maori woman from Hawkes Bay district
Maori woman from Hawkes Bay district

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Maori man from Hawkes Bay
Maori man from Hawkes Bay

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Maori woman from Hawkes Bay district
Maori woman from Hawkes Bay district

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Maori woman from Hawkes Bay district
Maori woman from Hawkes Bay district

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Arihi Te Nahu
Arihi Te Nahu

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Mr Hadley
Mr Hadley

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Heda Henly
Heda Henly

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Miss Mima (Jemima) Potto
Miss Mima (Jemima) Potto

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Maori woman, Hawkes Bay district
Maori woman, Hawkes Bay district

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Man riding a Boneshaker bicycle
Man riding a Boneshaker bicycle

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Tomb of Potatau Te Wherowhero
Tomb of Potatau Te Wherowhero

Alexander Turnbull Library