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Neil Gaiman

Internationally Best-Selling Author and Screenwriter


Hi, I am Alexander Hallag, an internationally published photographer.
I am the photographer to do your job right.
I am originally from Seattle and New York City respectively, but now currently reside in the lower North Island in New Zealand.

am available to shoot a wide variety of photographic services.  Ranging from promotional photographs and or videos for bands to portraits for authors.

I can create the right photograph for your album, commercial, and promotional needs.

I have photographed many international musicians including: B.B. King, Black Sabbath, David BowieLeonard Cohen, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Siouxie Sioux, U2, and many others.

I have been travelling around New Zealand for the past few years, and have  created a collection of photographs that will be released in an upcoming book about the contemporary music scene. It has been released in January 2016 and met with a positive response from the music community.  It features New Zealand musicians such as Cairo Knife Fight, The Black Seeds, Dave Dobbyn, Lorde, Shihad, Six60, Shapeshifter, Tiki Taane, and many others. 


My photographs have appeared in various books and magazines including: The New York Times,JuxtapozArt and CultureInternational TattooArtIndustrial NationDark Angel, Fears Magazine, Rip It UpThe FoldRed Bull Magazine NZMetro MagazineGroove Guide and
NZ Musician.


SIX60, Universal Music NZ, Cairo Knife Fight, Warner Brothers Records NZ, Devilskin, Head Like a Hole, Radio Hauraki, iHeart Radio, Penguin Books NZ, Random House NZ, Promise Keepers NZ, The 2013 Pacific Island Sports Awards, The Classic Hits Acoustic Church Tour, MTV, The New York Comic Book Museum, Invisible Records, Real Groovy, The Night of Misanthropy NYC, and the The Maryhill Winery Concert Series and many others

I have also photographed large scale productions such including
Rhythm and Vines 2014/2015 Staff Photographer, LollapaloozaWoodstock 94The New Zealand Vodafone Music Awards, The Big Day Out, APRA Silver Scrolls (behind the scenes), Homegrown,
St. Jerome's Laneway, and The 2013 Pacific Island Sports Awards.

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Shhh… The Music Is Talking (Book)


Standard hardback edition. Only 450 copies made.

Sample artwork. Final cover is subject to change.

All prices displayed are in New Zealand Dollar, and include GST.


10 – New Zealand
25 – Australia
55 – International

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Shhh… The Music Is Talking is a photographic record by Alexander Hallag.

It shows the here and now of musicians, who are deeply passionate about creating the unique sound and shape that is New Zealand music.

This book features exclusive never before seen photos of some of new zealand’s contemporary top selling recording artists and newer recording artists that have also made an impact locally. Artists include Dave Dobbyn, Flight Of The Conchords, Lorde, Shihad, Kora, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Black Seeds, The Golden Awesome, Cairo Knife Fight, Head Like A Hole, The All Seeing Hand, and many more.

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"Alexander, a mighty photographer."

Neil Gaiman

Internationally Best-Selling Author and Screenwriter


"Alexander has been shooting Cairo Knife Fight for years now; going far out of his way to be a part of the bands experience all over NZ, and helping to share those moments through his work with our fans. When we were putting together the artwork for our debut album The Colossus and the accompanying EP The Isolator, Alexander went above and beyond to help us create iconic imagery that we're immensely proud of. He's absolutely the most enthusiastic and accommodating photographer we've ever worked with and I can't recommend him highly enough."

Nick Gaffaney

Cairo Knife Fight



"I’ve known Alexander for about 5 years now. I have been an avid follower of New Zealand music for years and it was with this following I discovered Alexander. I realised Alexander was the creator of what have become my favourite live music images of all time. New Zealand is so lucky to have him as the power, precision and emotion that he has the ability to capture is truly breathtaking. His experience internationally and his incredible work ethic has cemented his status as a premier music photographer. I reached out to Alexander a while back to help me with my own photography. I wanted to learn technical skills as well as learn how to develop the timing to take a truly memorable photograph. Alexander provided me with the knowledge and yet the most important thing he gave me, and it’s something that still exists within me today is an unrelenting passion for taking pictures. Alexander takes pictures with soul and emotion. Whilst we use machines to capture a story it’s the person behind the machine who really tells it how it is. He is a hero to me, he was my inspiration to travel across the globe to pursue photography as a career. His work will always continue to inspire and his passion will be passed on to others for years to come. Arohanui brother!"

Nick Paulsen

9/11/17 Paris, France


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