Born in 1974 in Auckland, Ben Cauchi currently lives and works in Wanganui, New Zealand. The focus of Cauchi’s practice is the 19th Century technology of wet-plate photography. His introspective and moody images embrace the magic and mystery that fascinated photography's early pioneers. Working with a limited range of props in his studio, Cauchi strives to create images that capture a suggestive moment from an open-ended narrative.Read More
Ben Cauchi’s work has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions including Dead Time, Hocken Gallery, University of Otago, Dunedin & Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christchurch (2008 and Lull, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui (2008). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Light-Sensitive: the use of alternative photographic technologies in contemporary New Zealand art, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin (2010); New Victorians, University Art Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney (2008); Wunderbox, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christchurch (2008) and Home Sweet Home; Work from the Peter Fay Collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (and touring), 2003.
Cauchi’s work is held in public collections in Australia and New Zealand including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the University of Wollongong; Auckland Art Gallery: Toi O Tamaki; Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu; Dunedin Public Art Gallery; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery; Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa; and Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui.