Fraser Crichton is a visual artist who graduated from the University of Arts London in 2019 with a Distinction for his Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. His research-based practice incorporates investigative journalism, data-visualisation, video, working with historical archival images and still photography. He works on projects examining the power of the state in the context of social reform. Participatory photography projects in the community are also a core component of his practice.
As a writer, Fraser has been published with Open Democracy - Beyond Slavery, North and South and the New Zealand Herald. Fraser was a long-running contributor to Wilderness Magazine writing about the environment.
The Kahukura project was delivered in June 2019 as a scoping pilot to test if a creativity and well-being initiative would be useful to women engaged in the probation service in the Wellington area. Kahukura ran for eight days, over two weeks, providing eight wellbeing and creativity sessions. Workshops used creative arts practice such as theatre, photography, creative writing and music as a non-threatening, strengths-based approach to self-empowerment, community connectedness and wellbeing.
Fraser delivered a series of short photography workshops examining identity and story-telling through personal photography.
The Un-war space was a collective multidisciplinary research project aiming to explore the spatial practices and representations made by citizens who were and are still engaged in the processes of undoing war, both spatially and culturally, in contemporary war and post-war landscapes. The Un-War space conducted research into the experience of existence in the wartime and post-war city of Sarajevo as a case study of how citizens interact with the environment around them in times of conflict and in post-conflict arenas. As a contribution to this research LCC School of Media and Design staff conducted a collaborative laboratory project in co-operation with the Architecture and the Built Environment Department of Delft University and the Sarajevo School of Architecture.
In Faces Behind the Voices, Fraser worked on a collaboration with the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective and has also written with Open Democracy - Beyond Slavery about legislative reform that seeks to enable sex workers to access employment, health and rights under the criminal justice system through the New Zealand model of decriminalisation; just like any other member of the community.
Portraits of the West - Ruffian Gallery, Melbourne, 2015
Salon - Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2013
Kata Most Adventurous Artwork İstiklal Avenue - Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2013
MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (Distinction), University of Arts London, 2019
Contact Sheet Mentorship and Development Programme, Sydney, 2015