Photographer of South Island Rural landscapes and people

Bill Irwin

About Bill

Living in Methven New Zealand, I am a full time professional photographer, an accredited member of AIPA (Advertising and Illustrative Photographers Association).

Rural Photography

As an ex farmer I understand the rural industry, creating authentic images comes naturally. See some of this work here.

In addition to commissioned work a wide variety of rural South Island images are available for licensed use.

Two books have been published; calendars and large format prints are also available.

Clients worked for include Fontera, Farm Source, ATS, Monadelphous, South Pacific Seeds, Cable Price, Molloy Ag and several transport companies (Ellesmere Transport, Rural Transport, Temuka Transport, Barwoods Transport, Philip Wareing Ltd, Ryal Bush).


Personal projects include South Island from the road (inspired by Robin Morrison), shearing and woolsheds and figurative (the collaborations involved are immensely rewarding).

Bill Irwin: my approach to photography

A low volume, high quality approach equals happy customers. From capture to post production or print, I manage everything using excellent equipment - capture on medium-format digital (Hasselblad H4D-40) through to beautiful prints made on an Epson 9800 pigment printer. I learnt fine-art print making skills from technical and creative genius Les Walkling in Melbourne.

My photography was side tracked for 20 years as a farmer but these years formed my appreciation of the landscape and random beauty of nature. Being in visual mode all day, every day, is a luxury.

Here's some nice feedback I've had from happy clients.


119 Forest Drive, Methven 7730, New Zealand.

027 464 0052

bill [at]

Instagram is where I'm most active, follow me there (@billirwinnz) if you'd like to keep up with the latest.

Chasing morning light, Glenfalloch Station
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams