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Born in London in 1959, Julie Downie spent her formative years growing up in Auckland. After studying Graphic Design at the Auckland Technical Institute, Downie left New Zealand to live and work in the UK in the early 1980s. Whist working and studying in London she gained a degree in Photography at the Polytechnic of Central London, and a Masters in Photography at Derbyshire Collegeof Higher Education. Later, Downie graduated with a Masters in Museum & Gallery Education at the Institute of Education at theUniversity of London.
Downie makes still-life constructions for the camera which exist solely for the purpose of photographic documentation. Her work investigates 'minutiae': the tiny, often overlooked details of the natural world and her constructions are populated with Downie's extensive collection of inanimate creatures and flora.
She has exhibited and taught photography in London and returned to New Zealand in late 2001. She is currently teaching photography at Art Station and exhibiting her work in Auckland.