Cody Ellingham / About

Portrait by Alex Abian

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Cody Ellingham (1991, Hastings) is a New Zealand photographic artist capturing the story of places, providence, and the meaning of home.

Focussing primarily on structures that encompass the human experience, Cody has a fascination with houses and landscapes shot under the glow of night.

Cody lived in Japan for six years and published two photobooks during his time abroad. His work has been exhibited in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and New Zealand and has been featured by The Guardian, Wired, CNN, and The Dominion Post.

The organising theme for Cody’s work is a process of wandering which seeks to find meaning from places, capturing their essence and feeling:

“My work at its core is about places and wandering. I call this Derive. I see places as they are, as they were, and as they might be. I believe in the tactile condition of the world and the discoveries that can be made by wandering through cities and landscapes by night.”

Ellingham has created a prolific body of work in his emerging career. His first photobook, Danchi Dreams, was successfully crowd-funded over 250% on Kickstarter and published in 2018 to a global audience, and he has recently published his second photobook Bangkok Phosphors.

Ellingham is self-taught in photography and image making.

Ellingham is the co-host of the Conversations Late at Night Podcast

Shot with

Cody Ellingham Uses Sony Alpha Cameras to Create His Work.

- Sony Alpha A7R II Mirrorless Camera
- Sony Alpha A7R IV Mirrorless Camera

- Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens
- Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens
- Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens
- FE 24mm F1.4 GM
- 50mm Tilt-Shift Architecture Lens
- 24mm Tilt-Shift Architecture Lens

Other Equipment
- Gitzo GH2780QR Tripod ball head
- Gitzo G1548 Tripod
- Old school Apple Macbook Pro 15”

Travel Gear
- Peak Design 30L Camera Bag
- Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 55L.
- Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 70L.
- Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled 100L.


2020 Bangkok Phosphors @ Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand
2019 Future Cities Wellington @ National War Memorial of New Zealand, Wellington
2019 Memories of Tsukiji @ ArtNShelter Gallery, Tokyo
2019 Future Cities Taipei @ VENUE, Taipei
2019 Group Exhibition @ Wonder Foto Day Photo Festival, Taipei
2019 Future Cities Tokyo @ ArtNShelter Gallery, Tokyo
2018 Danchi Dreams @ Atelier Takiguchi, Tokyo
2018 Outdoor Installation @ Recent Work Gallery Project II, South Korea
2017 DERIVE The Impossible City @ Gallery Conceal, Tokyo

Press & Features

2021 Architext magazine pages 100 - 103 | Danchi Dreams
2019 CNN | The Tokyo Effect
2019 Cathay Pacific | Silk Road Magazine
2018 NZ Home Magazine | Danchi Dreams | by Claire McCall
2018 Featured in Vostok Magazine Vol. 12 | Danchi Dreams