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 are 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' artistic practice explores the landscape within the landscape, focusing in on the over-looked materials that make up the city. Finn draws on the different textures in the cityscape to uncover social and industrial narratives.

Born in Auckland Finn makes objects that draw on the cues of the city, using found materials and borrowed forms to inform his object making. He has completed a degree in sculpture from Auckland University of Technology University; and has worked with the decorative arts collection at Auckland Museum and was the inaugural director/curator of Te Toi Uku: Crown Lynn and Clayworks Museum. In 2014 Finn curated Fingers: Jewellery for Aotearoa New Zealand at Objectspace.

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