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Oamaru-born photographer Glenys Ng studied at Auckland University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991 before emigrating to the United Kingdom, where she attended Central StMartins College of Art & Design, graduating in 2000 with a Masters in Fine Art. In her time in the UK, Ng also lectured in photography at Northhampton College and exhibited her work in London and Northhampton.
Ng's work seeks to question the way we ascribe a narrative to photographic work. In her Back series, Ng presents beautifully detailed enlargements of the rear of found family photographs. These works function on multiple levels. One reading draws out thebeauty of the mechanical process of film photography and theoft-coveted qualities of printing and paper stock that go hand in hand with this now waning approach to the medium. Another perspective raises the inscription on the rear to the status of the image on the front so that the story of the workis told purely by its descriptors and the omission of the image asthe focal point acts as a void that conjecture about the narrativeat centre of the work rushes to fill.
In 2005, Ng was a finalist in the Waikato Trust National Contemporary Art Award and in 2006 was judged a finalist in the New Zealand National Painting & Printmaking Award. Ng lectures in photography at the Manukau School of Visual Arts and continues to produce and exhibit work from her Auckland studio.