Alice Sarginson grew up in Allandale, in a large white house in the middle of a paddock overlooking Lyttelton harbour, New Zealand. 

Her family home planted the creative seed; she was surrounded by a strong design aesthetic, social tradition, a house trained Kunekune pig called Winston and a (far less successfully house trained) donkey, named Chico. 

Alice’s father Euan Sarginson was a professional photographer and while hiding from the front of his ubiquitous lens, Alice naturally gravitated to behind one. 

It became clear early in Alice’s life that she had inherited a creative eye and photographic passion as well.

Alice’s OE was spent in the UK, getting experience as a photographer’s assistant in London, paying her way working in her other passion and that great Kiwi rite of passage, hospitality. 

She was part of the team to set up and manage wildly successful restaurant  The Providores for kiwi chefs Peter Gordon and Anna Hansen. 

Before long, Alice relocated to Sydney and focussed solely on the photographic arts, studying and furthering her skills in the lighting department of Sun Studios.  She spent 6 years sharpening her eye assisting, working as a freelance photographer and improving her technical knowledge with Sun Studios’ impressive equipment catalogue.

In 2012 she was called home to New Zealand by earthquakes and family and is  passionate about being a part of the regeneration and creative future of her home town.  Alice has committed to renovating her father’s old studio which largely survived the earthquakes and reviving the Sarginson photographic spirit in Christchurch.


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