Cody Ellingham / About

Portrait by Alex Abian

Born 1991 in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Cody Ellingham grew up exploring the mountains and rivers that define the New Zealand landscape. Ellingham studied at Victoria University of Wellington and completed an exchange programme on scholarship to Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, in 2012.

Ellingham subsequently lived in Japan for six years and published two photobooks during his time abroad. Ellingham's work has been exhibited in Japan, South Korean, Taiwan, and New Zealand.

Ellingham is self-taught in photography and image making. His approach combines photography and digital media. He is fascinated with the history of places, providence, and how meaning changes over time. Ellingham focuses primarily on how structures and landscapes encompass the human experience.

The organising theme for Ellingham’s work is the concept of Derive which is a process of wandering which seeks meaning from places to capture 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’s work has been featured by CNN, CityLab by Bloomberg, The Guardian, and Wired, and others.

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

Shot with

Cody Ellingham Uses Sony Alpha Cameras to Create His Work.

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

Lenses
- 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.

Support Cody Ellingham's Creative Work

Exhibitions

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 Radio NZ National Programme | Photographer Cody Ellingham captures the poetry of isolation | Standing Room Only Interview with Lynn Freeman
2021 Architext magazine pages 100 - 103 | Danchi Dreams
2020 Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand | Talking Culture
2020 Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand | Talking Culture
2020 Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand | Talking Culture
2020 Designboom | Talking Culture | Shanghai Streets
2019 Radio NZ National Programme | Expat Kiwi photographer
2019 The Dominion Post | Exhibition Future Cities illuminates the layers of Wellington streets | by Eleanor Wenman
2019 The Guardian | Bangkok's glowing hidden spots of night-time peace
2019 The Dominion Post | Exhibition Future Cities illuminates the layers of Wellington streets | by Eleanor Wenman
2019 Wired Italy | Luci nella notte a Bangkok
2019 The Guardian | Capturing East Asian Megacities
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
2018 Idealog | Inside New Zealand photographer Cody Ellingham’s love affair with Tokyo
2018 CityLab by the Bloomberg (Formerly The Atlantic)| The Slow Decay of Japan's Modernist Dreams
2018 CityLab by the Bloomberg (Formerly The Atlantic)| The Last of Shanghai's Historic Shikumen Houses, in Photos
2018 CityLab by the Bloomberg (Formerly The Atlantic)| The Last of Shanghai's Historic Shikumen Houses, in Photos
2018 Fubiz | Shanghai by Night with Cody Ellingham
2018 Fast Company |A Tour Of Tokyo’s Ghostly, Post-War Housing Blocks
2018 Neocha | Painting the Town Red
2018 Spoon & Tamago | Danchi: A Photographic Journey Into Japan’s Public Housing Projects