Phantom City: Doc Ross’s Christchurch 1998–2011

14 July – 1 November 2012

Back projected large onto a shop window in Colombo Street, Sydenham, Doc Ross's photographs create a haunting record of this city before its dramatic seismic demise.

Since moving to Christchurch in 1998, Doc Ross has been photographing its buildings, streets and urban spaces with a quietly attentive eye. At first a clear response to a new environment, his carefully observed Christchurch photographs were as he explains 'taken without much intent or thought for how, or even if, they would ever be used... Now of course after several thousand earthquakes they have become a record of places totally gone or drastically altered.' Back projected large onto a Sydenham shop window at 464 Colombo Street, Doc Ross's photographs create a haunting record of this city before its dramatic seismic demise.