John Selkirk Photography


I worked as a newspaper photographer for 45 years and have recently left Fairfax Media’s Auckland Photo Bureau to start my own business doing freelance photojournalism.

Prior to the bureau I worked at the Wairarapa Times Age from 1968 moving to the Dominion in Wellington from 1970 and transferring to the Dominion Auckland office in 1987 where I worked for 23 years. In 2010 I received the Insignia of a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (mnzm) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to photography.

The citation included:
“Through his work he has contributed substantially to New Zealand’s pictorial social history. His photographs have been published in many books. ‘Through the Lens’, published in 2003, covers 30 years of his photographs from 1970 to 1999.  He has won numerous awards during his career. It is for his sport photography that John is especially noted. He has photographed numerous All Black tours, Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and international rugby and cricket matches. John has covered major news events such as the 1981 Springbok tour, royal tours, political events, and he documented the devastating effects of the 2009 Samoan Tsunami.”

I specialise in media, press, corporate and sport photo journalism but also enjoy capturing candid moments in people’s lives such as weddings.
As a wedding photojournalist I will take photographs during the wedding using an alternative approach, capturing images spontaneously to emphasise moments and emotions. I will typically shoot images quickly using available light or on-camera flash rather than using traditional, formal posing techniques and studio lights.  In other words treating the wedding as a news event.

This is a style that’s catching on around the world. The phrase wedding photojournalist has been in vogue for at least 10 years and has now become almost synonymous with normal wedding photography.


John Selkirk

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