Cameron James McLaren (b. Toronto, Canada, 1984).
I found a passion for documentary photography at a young age. Learning the craft of image making from my father in our home darkroom. An ideal, method and process that continues in my work to the present.
With have a strong interest in human circumstance, my 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 curious to the viewer. I base my work around personal connections and unconventional moments, it often becomes autobiographical. My research explores themes that surround the field of documentary photography and photojournalism; Post-truth, hypernormalisation, information systems and obsolescence.
In 2022 I founded Cabin Fever Books as a place to make collaborative book projects with artists across different fields. In the same year I joined the MFA programme at Elam School of Fine Arts as a candidate.
My photographs have been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Leica Fotografie International, The Guardian, Time Magazine, New Zealand Geographic, Vice and more.
Available internationally for commissions and assignments. For print inquires please use the contact form.
Folk Syndrome, Cabin Fever Books, 2022
Field Studies #10. Bad News Books, 2022
Gloriavale, Self Published. 2016
Master of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, UoA, 2023
Diploma Audio Engineering, Music and Audio Institute of NZ, 2003
Winner, Gloriavale. Best Photo-Story / Essay. Voyager Media Awards 2020
Talking Culture, w/ Olivier Laurent @ 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
How New Zealand plans to tackle climate change. The Washington Post, February 2023
The Preppers Next Door. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 178, 2022
Folk Syndrome, Fish Eye. November 2022.
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
From Lockdown to Reopening. The Washington Post, June 2020
Jacinda Ardern. Time Magazine, March Issue 2020
Gun Country. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 162 2020
Crazy Dog, Papua New Guinea. Fish Eye, July 2019
A week after the Shootings, The Washington Post. 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
Portfolios - Along the Cheonggyecheon. Leica Fotografie International, December 2016
Kava - Elixir of the Pacific. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 141, 2016
Our Problem with P. NZ Geographic Magazine, Issue 139, 2016
Portfolios, Gloriavale. Leica Fotografie International, January 2016