Cameron James McLaren (b. Toronto, Canada) found a passion for documentary photography at a young age. Learning the craft of image making from his father in their darkroom. An ideal, method and process that continues in his work to the present.

With a strong interest in human circumstance, McLaren’s work often focuses on sharing stories of people and communities which are little known or under represented. Always with a strong theme of bringing the unseen, unique or unusual to the viewer. His work is based around personal connections and unconventional moments.


Folk Syndrome, Cabin Fever Books, 2022 

Field Studies #10. Bad News Books, 2022

Gloriavale, Self Published. 2016


The Two of Us @ George Fraser Gallery, Auckland, June 2022

Isolation @ Te Wero Island, Auckland Festival of Photography, May/June 2021

Let me See you @ Auckland Festival of Photography, June 2017

Gloriavale @ Black Asterisk. February, 2017


Post Graduate Candidate, Elam School of Fine Arts (2021-Current)

Magnum Photos Workshop (w Thomas Dworzak) 2015

Diploma Audio Engineering, Music and Audio Institute of NZ 2003


Winner, Gloriavale. Best Photo-Story / Essay. Voyager Media Awards 2020


Talking Culture, Olivier Laurent & Cameron McLaren @ Ellen Melville Centre June 2021

Film Photography, Presented by Leica NZ @ Progear, Auckland. April 2021

Exposure Wellington. Presented by Leica NZ and NZIPP, June 2017

McLaren developed this essence of the hidden with a spontaneous approach to documenting a moment in its purity without any contravention or encroachment of perceptions or values, either placed by himself or outside shifts in awareness.

Work has been published by The Washington Post, The New York Times, Leica Fotografie International, The Guardian, Time Magazine, New Zealand Geographic, Vice and more.

Available for commissions and assignments.


New Zealand Parliament Protests. The Washington Post, March 2022

The Unrest. North & South Magazine, April 2022

Bringing Attention to the Maori Language. The New York Times, October 2021

A land far away, Chatham Islands. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 172, 2021

Reason to believe. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 169, 2021

One Photo One Story, In Preparations. Leica Fotografie International, July 2021

“Open All Hours”. North & South Magazine, April 2021

Kris Sowersby. Front cover North & South Magazine, January 2021

From Lockdown to Reopening. The Washington Post, June 2020

Covid 19 Coverage. The Washington Post, May 2020

Jacinda Arden. Time Magazine, March Issue 2020

Our Places. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 164 2020

Gun Country
. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 162 2020

Crazy Dog, Papua New Guinea. Fish Eye, July 2019

Portrait of Ross and Laurell Arden. Stern Magazine, April 2019

Takapuna Vigil of Memory. Front Cover, The Los Angeles Times, March 2019

A week after the Shootings, The Washington Post. March 2019

New Zealand’s Day of Mourning for Christchurch. The Guardian, March 2019

The Leg Shop. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 158, 2019

End of the Iron Age. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 160, 2019

Departures - Gloriavale. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 155, 2019

One Photo - One Story, In Port Moresby. Leica Fotografie International, December 2016

State of Mind. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 151, 2018

Into the Weeds. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 146, 2017

Silent Sisters. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 144, 2017

Ihumātao - Taking the fight all the way to the United Nations. Vice, June 2017

The Devils Weed. Mana Magazine, Issue 135, 2017

Portfolios - Along the Cheonggyecheon. Leica Fotografie International, December 2016

Kava - Elixir of the Pacific. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 141, 2016

Flow, Along the Cheonggyecheon, South Korea. Pro Photographer, Issue 019, 2016

Our Problem with P. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 139, 2016

Photos from New Zealand’s Biggest Cosplay Event. Vice, October 2016

Portfolios, Gloriavale. Leica Fotografie International, January 2016