Libby Cavenett


“I really value the installation and exhibition knowledge I gained at Whitecliffe - this is something I am really drawn towards and want to integrate into future career plans,” says Photo Media graduate, Libby Cavenett.

Over the past two years Libby has managed and curated two group shows as part of the Auckland Photo Festival.

“These opportunities remind me of how much I enjoy the exhibition process.”

These exhibitions aside, Libby works as a freelance photographic assistant learning the commercial and business side of photography, while also working on a few small client jobs for herself.

“I’ve learned a lot about how a professional studio is run and how to engage and manage clients, as well as about more technical elements,” she explains.

Libby says one of the most significant skills she learned at Whitecliffe was to think critically and be receptive to constructive criticism.

“With that critical thinking comes the ability to expand your ideas – to really pull them apart to understand their roots and value.”

Whitecliffe created the environment to do that, she says, through having small classes and a studio layout that ensured plenty of interaction with tutors and peers.

Libby Cavenett