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FromThePit - Music Photography Exhibition


Music Photography Exhibition

FromThePit is New Zealand’s longest-running music photography exhibition that celebrates the creative works of some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s best music photographers. The photos are exclusively of local artists and venues that promote our homegrown industry.

Featuring over 90 images from more than 50 of the best music photographers in New Zealand. For one night and one night only BATS Theatre is proud to host From The Pit!

Marking the fifth anniversary, this year’s exhibition features the most recent work from over fifty photographers and is made up of around one hundred images carefully selected from the hundreds submitted.

Visit to find out more, explore the full list of host venues, plus view an archive of previous years’ photos.

Come celebrate New Zealand Music Month displayed online & across Aotearoa in May 2023 *This is a free event 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Pit Gallery at BATS Theatre

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Voted New Zealand’s best outdoor photographic exhibition in 2022 (as judged by D-Photo Magazine), FromThePit New Zealand Music Photography Exhibition is back in 2023, 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 fifth 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. 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.

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