Birgit Krippner


Birgit Krippner is an Austrian photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. Her specialty is capturing candid images using only available light. She often works in low light situations, relying on fast lenses and creating very tight depth of field.

In 2013, Krippner exhibited her series of photographic portraits “Private View” at Melanie Roger Gallery. She says of the project – “Private View is a photo book project which will comprise of contemporary and emerging New Zealand artists, gallery owners and curators in their private lives. It is a visual story of the people behind the art, a personal view which captures what would appear to be an entire world in a millisecond moment. Private View was born in June 2011. Over the course of more than two years, I had the privilege of working with approx. forty five of New Zealand’s most well established names in the art world, as well as some of our best and brightest emerging talent. My vision for this project is to preserve this time, this slice of New Zealand’s art history – the now, for future generations.”

Krippner has exhibited within New Zealand and internationally, including New York, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Auckland, Napier, Havelock North and Wellington. She was the recipient of the Grand Prix Terroirs d'images, Catégorie "Professionnel" (Professional Category) and her images have been exhibited and sold in galleries around the world. Her work has been featured in the TV3 programme “Nightline” as well as periodicals such as "Foreign Policy Magazine", "NZ Life & Leisure Magazine", "Glory Days Magazine", “Metro Magazine”, “BSC News”, Air New Zealand’s “Kia Ora” and “Art Forum.”


  1. An Occasional Rant | Female representation in New Zealand Galleries
  2. Tame Iti & Birgit Krippner | Art New Zealand Magazine