All the Places I’ve Ever Known.

Photographs by Harvey Benge.
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2011. 80 pp., 36 color illustrations, 9½x11¾".

Publisher's Description
New Zealander Harvey Benge works and lives in Auckland and Paris. Since the early 1990’s his photography practice has investigated our view of the world and the relationship between parallel lives, when one thing is happening here something else is happening over there. Laced with irony and humor, his work reminds us just how strange the world is. Benge’s photographs reveal the bizarre absurdities of life. Moments of the everyday flash with ambiguity and tension, contrast and conflicts. Small anarchies, an urban dream at the edges of reality.

While the main thrust of his work has been through published work, with numerous book works and editions published to date, he has also exhibited internationally and has works in public and private collections. Benge’s new body of work, All the places I’ve ever known further considers the nature of seeing.

The book opens with this quotation from the ancient Buddhist master Longchenpa: »Since everything is but an apparition, perfect in being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance and rejection, you might as well burst out laughing!«

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