The charitable trust behind Ōtautahi’s only nonprofit photography studio hopes its Robin Hood-style payment structure will be a major boon for local photographers, videographers and creatives.
Photosynthesis opened on St Asaph Street in late 2022 and is fully equipped with professional quality photography, video and sound recording equipment sourced from the community and donated.
Proceeds from using the studio for competitively priced commercial shoots, as well as community grants, are used to heavily subsidize nonprofit and passion projects and events, reducing financial and physical barriers to storytelling. visual.
Founder and Director Federico Corradi (he/him), a photographer himself, came up with the unique funding model after struggling to afford equipment and a studio for his own artistic pursuits.
While working on his intimi project, which aims to capture the diverse masculinities of queer people in New Zealand through medium-format photographic film, Corradi found it “prohibitively expensive” to acquire resources such as space and equipment.
“I realized while working on my project that we needed a place that made creativity and visual storytelling accessible to everyone, no matter how easy it was to monetize the project. Zeeland, let alone Christchurch, where I could work on my book comfortably and affordably.
By operating as a non-profit organization, Corradi says the studio is able to invest in Ōtautahi’s creative environment to reduce the pressure on people to monetize their work.
“Anyone can use photosynthesis, no matter their financial situation or what they do. This will unlock artistic potential otherwise limited by finances.
Photosynthesis is managed daily by Corradi with a team of volunteers.
“As a smaller space, we hope photosynthesis will be less daunting for people who aren’t yet confident in a studio,” says Corradi.
“We have plenty of space for people to meet, plan and organize, and space to shoot, film and create.
“Photosynthesis is ideally placed to become a gathering point for photographers and videographers with events and workshops planned throughout the year.
“Building a sense of community between creatives and within our space is one of our main goals for 2023.
“The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and we hope more people will get the most out of our studio.”
Bookings for commercial shoots or non-commercial projects can be made directly through photosynthesis.nz.
Rental of the space comes with equipment, including lights, backdrops and audio equipment.
For a full list of what’s included, click here: https://photosynthesis.nz/gear/
The studio operates from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
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