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The Auckland Festival of Photography last month offered nearly 100 exhibitions ranging across the city. From Anne Noble’s dead bee portraits at Two Rooms taken with an electron microscope to reveal them in ghostly brilliance, to Lisa Reihana’s moving tableaux In Pursuit of Venus at Auckland Art Gallery, redirecting our historical gaze from colonial to native, this festival belied the assumption that photography provides a single way of seeing things ‘as they are’.