Explore Auckland with a photographer’s lens. See downtown Auckland from the micro to the macro, exploring unusual views, our built history and rarely considered elements of our city. This tour is best-suited to curious people who want look at the built environment in new ways.

Comfortable walking shoes and clothing recommended. Bring a camera phone, a DSLR or anything in between.

Public programmes associated with John Scott Works are supported by Auckland Arts Festival. 

Tickets are $25 (plus service fees), places are limited, please book online here


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. 

While living in London and New York, where he interned at Magnum Photos, David’s street photography and habit of walking and exploring sharpened his appreciation of the impact of architecture and urban design on our everyday lives. His practice has evolved into a more focused exploration of our built environment and architecture, and he now works with many leading New Zealand architects. His previous book, in collaboration with friend and landscape designer Philip Smith, was Vernacular: The Everyday Landscape of New Zealand (Potton & Burton, 2015). David now lives in Auckland.

Finn McCahon-Jones completed a degree in sculpture and comes from a family of artists and makers. Having worked at Te Toi Uku as curator/director, rm Gallery and Project Space as co-director as well as holding governance positions for Karangahape's Canary Gallery and Artspace. Following eight years at Auckland Museum working with the applied arts collection, Finn is studying art history, as well as a acquisitions committee member for Driving Creek Railway and Potteries and a trustee of Colin McCahon Publication and Research Trust. 

McPhail House, John Scott, 1977. Image: David Straight.