The Active Eye

This exhibition is now closed

This exhibition was a major survey of contemporary New Zealand photography organised by Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North in conjunction with Photo-Forum Inc. and sponsored by the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council and Kodak, (N.Z) Ltd.

Since the late sixties there had been a rapid growth of independent workers in the medium. The works were selected from invited entries by New Zealand's foremost serious photographers. Photographers included Ans Westra, Peter Peryer, Murray Hedwig, Glenn Busch and many others.

There was controversy over two photographs by Fiona Clark, which had been cleared by the Chief of Police. However, Patricia Bartlett, conservative Catholic activist and founder of the Society for Promotion of Community Standards, laid a complaint with the police. The captions were found to be offensive, not the photographs so they were able to be exhibited with the captions removed.