Doc Ross is a widely exhibited and collected artist - both internationally and around New Zealand. His work is heralded as poignant and sensitive, his lens capturing and framing images from the uncanny everyday that slip by unnoticed by many.
As part of the Christchurch Arts Festival in August last year, the Canterbury Museum held a large exhibition by Doc Ross. 37 consisted of portraits of local people reflecting on their experiences of the 22 February 2011 earthquake. As Doc Ross describes it: ‘This is a collection of portraits of 37 affected people and their stories, edited down to just as many words as there were seconds of shaking.’
Gallery 464 has operated as a personal exhibition and studio space for Doc since 1998. First Thursdays sees this sleek yet intimate space host a new show. Doc Ross' exhibition Fragments of Other Peoples Lives showcases 15 images along with a limited edition artists book, containing 74 duotone images.
Made over a two month period in London this past winter, this series of photographs was a much needed diversion for Doc from the work he has been doing in Christchurch over the past few years. They reflect a long time interest Doc has had in the photographs and philosophies of the american photographer Garry Winogrand, and its resulting influence on his work.