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Picturing protest and photographing dissent

From scary fairies to Ihumātao solidarity and Kiwi QAnon anti-vaxers: Dylan Owen shares images and stories from his years as a protest photographer.

Documenting public protest

Since the early 2000s photographer Dylan Owen has been documenting public protest in Wellington. In this presentation he will share some of his images and detail how these hikoi, rallies and demonstrations communicate their messages of resistance or advocacy, often in ways unique to Aotearoa New Zealand.

About the speaker

Dylan Owen is an experienced research librarian working for the National Library. Over the last three decades, he has documented how our lives are lived and expressed in the everyday of public spaces. Some of his photographs are held by the Photographic Archive of the Alexander Turnbull Library and available online through the National Library of New Zealand. His work has appeared in books and exhibitions, most recently ATL 100 exhibition Mīharo Wonder.

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Two people standing in front of Parliament. One has a Tino Rangatiratanga flag on as a cape.
Two protestors performing waiata and pūkana at the National Day of Action Ihumatao protest, Parliament Wellington August 2019. Photo Dylan Owen.