FromThePit 2023 is Live!


FromThePit 2023 is Live! Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa | New Zealand Music Month 2023 is upon us which means so is this year’s FromThePit exhibition!

2023 marks the 5th year of the homegrown music photography exhibition and we have so much to share with you over the coming weeks! For starters, check out our biggest AV yet, featuring a soundtrack by Kiwi talent:

A full list of photographers and musicians shown in the AV is available on our website.

Auckland – Antagonist A.D by Shelley Te Haara

Voted New Zealand’s best outdoor photographic exhibition in 2022 (as judged by D-Photo Magazine), FromThePit New Zealand Music Photography Exhibition is back, bigger and better than ever!

FromThePit is an annual curated exhibition of music photography, featuring images of New Zealand musicians performing live, captured by some of the best music photographers across Aotearoa.

2023 marks the 5th anniversary of FromThePit and features recent work from over 50 photographers. The exhibition is open to photographers who take images at live music events in an official capacity. Entries are limited to shots of local artists and local venues to promote our homegrown industry.

Auckland – Fur Patrol by Chris Morgan

This year the annual Audio-Visual exhibition is made up of around 100 images carefully selected from the hundreds submitted each year. The aim is to celebrate the breadth and diversity of talent both on and off the stage, showcasing images from established photographers alongside relative newcomers.

FromThePit also has an educational element. Workshops are run throughout the year, and the FromThePit Podcast series focuses on the art of live music photography giving insights and advice for those interested in the genre.

As musicians, venues and the whole creative ecosystem have struggled over the last few years, our images are an important reflection of the power of live music events and a document of our vibrant nation music scene.

DWellington – Fazerdaze by Maeve O’Connell

FromThePit can be viewed online and in screens across the country during Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa | NZ Music Month (May 2023).

Organisations showcasing our images this year include Auckland Live and Spark Arena, with more venues up and down the country who will screen the AV including Auckland Libraries and Parliament Visitor Centre in Wellington. The list is growing so keep an eye on our Facebook page for details!

A map showing locations of images and where to spot the AV will be added to our website in the coming days.

In the meantime be on the lookout for our four giant billboard images courtesy of Phantom Billstickers:

Christchurch – Emma Dilemma by Bevan Triebels

FromThePit is brought to you in association with The Attention Seeker, Epson, Auckland Council, Auckland City UNESCO of Music | Tāmaki Makaurau UNESCO Pā Puoro, Sony, NZ Music Month | Te Marama Puoro O Aotearoa, Independent Music New Zealand, NZ Music Commission | Te Red Reka O Aotearoa, Rockshop and AgentX.

FromThePit 2023 Has Been Curated By:

Dave Simpson
Chontalle Musson
Stella Gardiner
Maeve O’Connell
Chris Morgan

The featured images were commissioned or shot for a number of organisations including the artist, their management, show promoter, the venue, event organisers and online publications such as Ambient Light, Crave!, Getty Images, Moments passed,, Sentinel Daily and UnderTheRadar.

See for more information and to listen to the FromThePit podcasts.