David Straight: John Scott Works

“When you can come away from a building and feel pretty excited not because of the building but because of something that has gone on within you while you were within that building — then I think you are getting pretty close to architecture.” (1)          - John Scott

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John Scott Works is a personal visual response to the work of acclaimed New Zealand architect John Scott by photographer David Straight. Straight explores the essence of Scott’s buildings – through images of architectural moments and details, and looks at the ideas and philosophies that framed his work. It is in part a celebration of one of New Zealand’s most important architects and a timely and necessary acknowledgment not only of his buildings but also his place within a wider cultural context.

 

(1) Ray Grover, ‘Of Woolsheds, Houses and People’, Islands (Spring 1973): 299

The Artist

  • David Straight
    David Straight
    Auckland

    David Straight was born in Christchurch, raised on the West Coast, and graduated from Massey University School of Fine Arts, Wellington. He is a photographer whose work focuses primarily on architecture and the built environment, and he now works with many leading New Zealand architects.

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David Straight
Auckland

David Straight was born in Christchurch, raised on the West Coast, and graduated from Massey University School of Fine Arts, Wellington. He is a photographer whose work focuses primarily on architecture and the built environment, and he now works with many leading New Zealand architects.

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'Martin House', John Scott, 1969-71.

'Martin House', John Scott, 1969-71.

'Martin House', John Scott, 1969-71, David Straight
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'Arched window inside Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre', John Scott, 1970-1976.

'Arched window inside Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre', John Scott, 1970-1976.

'Arched window inside Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre', John Scott, 1970-1976, David Straight
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John Scott was born in Haumoana, Hawkes Bay in June 1924. Scott’s mother, Kathleen Hiraani Blake was of English, Irish, and Māori descent (Te Āti Awa), and his father Charles Scott, of Scottish and Māori descent (Ngāti Whakaue), was born at Ohinemutu in Rotorua.

David Straight was born in Christchurch, raised on the West Coast, and graduated from Massey University School of Fine Arts, Wellington. He is a photographer whose work focuses primarily on architecture and the built environment, and he now works with many leading New Zealand architects.

 

John Scott Works is developed and toured by Objectspace with support from The Warren Trust.

CoCA would like to thank Cowdy Real Estate for their generous support.