Cameron James McLaren


Cameron James McLaren (b. Canada, 1984) is a photographic artist based in Aotearoa New Zealand, whose work explores and questions the intersection of visual storytelling and the medium of photography. Through a rigorous approach, Cameron's work examines the traditional principles of documentary photography, while simultaneously questioning photography’s purpose in the contemporary landscape. His deeply evocative use of abstraction highlights the question of truth in photography, bringing forth a raw and visceral emotional response in the viewer. With a distinct focus on the newspaper as a medium, his work reflects a poignant commentary on contemporary society and the complex themes surrounding documentary photography; post-truth, hypernormalisation, information systems and obsolescence. Through his imagery, Cameron invites the viewer on a journey of introspection and self-discovery, prompting critical engagement with the world at large.

McLaren's work has been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Leica Fotografie International, The Guardian, Time Magazine, New Zealand Geographic and more. Cameron holds an MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.