Edith Amituanai - NZ/Samoan Photographer

Born 1980 in NZ. Edith Amituanai knows intimately the world that she photographs. Both her Samoan heritage and her Auckland upbringing shape her work, which is deliberately anthropological – a study of custom, place, and identity. Many of her photographs record special occasions and family relationships, but they go far beyond the snapshot. They are carefully constructed, with particular attention paid to the surroundings. They have a deadpan, naive appearance, which distances the viewer.
Edith Amituanai, Rob & Harry, 2004, from the series, Ioka, C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, Rob & Harry, 2004, from the series, Ioka, C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, House of Manu, 2007, from the series Déjeuner, C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, House of Manu, 2007, from the series Déjeuner, C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, Line and Shiloh playing cards, 2005, from the series, Mrs Amituanai, C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, Line and Shiloh playing cards, 2005, from the series, Mrs Amituanai, C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, Miss Amituanai, 2005, from the series, Mrs Amituanai, C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, Miss Amituanai, 2005, from the series, Mrs Amituanai, C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, House of Tiatia, 2007, from the series Déjeuner, C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, House of Tiatia, 2007, from the series Déjeuner, C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, Millenial, 2008, from the series Millenial,C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, Millenial, 2008, from the series Millenial,C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, Fipe's Lounge, 2003, C-Type Photograph, 410 x 460mm

Edith Amituanai, Fipe's Lounge, 2003, C-Type Photograph, 410 x 460mm

Edith Amituanai, The Sagato Residence, 2008, from the series North To The Future,C-type photograph

Edith Amituanai, The Sagato Residence, 2008, from the series North To The Future,C-type photograph

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