New Zealand Photography Books



Early Canterbury Photography
The Centennial Collection
From the Centennial Collection of Historical Photographs, 1950
The Christchurch Photographic Society (Incorporated)
Designed by Albion Wright Advertising, Printed by the Pegasus Press
32 photographs, 154mm x 230mm


Camera in New Zealand
A. Robert Anderson and F. Lennard Casbolt (Editors)
A. H. and A.W. Reed, 1967
The Photographic Society of New Zealand (Inc.)
Printed and Bound by Kyodo Printing Company Ltd, Tokyo, Japan
234 pages

The 197 plates in this book represent an inspired selection of the best work of New Zealand's photographers, past and present. Contains the work of 106 photographers, amateur and professional. Includes short biographical and professional sketches of nine eminent New Zealand photographers of the past: Thelma Kent, George Chance, Raymond Kirk, Richard G. Ratcliff, Gerald E. Jones, H. J. Schmidt, J. W. Chapman-Taylor, J. W. Johnson, Clifton Weedon.



Nineteenth Century New Zealand Photographs
Edited by John B. Turner

 A Govett-Brewster Art Gallery travelling exhibition, 1970.
83 pages, 215mm x 176mm


It's hard to look at early photographs without first thinking how old they are. We hope it will also be seen how very good the best of them are. They are fine photographs as well as being vital, charming, beautiful and sometimes amusing historical documents.

While Miss Sarah Coombridge, in 1905, elegantly dusted the skylight of James McAllister's old Stratford studio, Alfred Stieglitz as an art in its own right. I'm not sure that Dr Barker, Alfred Burton or James Bragge resented being thought of as mere :machine men", but I am convinced that they felt good working in photography.

Just imagine the excitement of a giant catfish to photograph - or an 18ft. shark. And what a delight it must have been to see the first Masterton band suspended upside down, and in and out of focus on the 10 x 12 inch stage of Bragge's black-cloth theatre.

Many of these photographs were recognised as superb works in their own time, and no doubt were a great inspiration to the young photographers of the day. It is our hope that these memorable images will in turn inspire today's photographers to be more critical of their own work. For how else can we evaluate our progress?

The 94 pictures, of which 50 are original prints. were drawn from six collection only. This is by no means a comprehensive survey of nineteenth century New Zealand photography. It is simply an attempt to introduce the work of some of our best photographers until a more comprehensive picture can be formed. As can be seen by out notes on the 23 known photographers, they are barely known at all.
John B. Turner



Photography in New Zealand
 A Social and Technical History
Hardwicke Knight
Published by John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1971
196 pages




A century of history is registered in this book as Hardwicke Knight looks at photographers, photographs and photographic equipment in New Zealand since the middle of the 19th century. For the first time the very considerable role that photography has played in this country is properly noted and the work of such photographers as Dr Alfred Barker of Christchurch, Alfred Burton of Dunedin, Josiah Martin of Auckland, and James Bragge of Wellington ranked aesthetically and historically with the best known names in world photography.

The high standards achieved by the pioneers, who carried their heavy equipment into remote parts, is well demonstrated in the illustrations. From the gold-mining towns to the more mature settlements, from the thermal regions of the North Island to the Alps of the South Island, the photographers recorded the land and the progress of a nation and its people. Architecture, transport, fashion, the social scene in its widest context ... they are all here, vividly brought to life in word and photograph. 

The descriptions and details of apparatus used by photographers will prompt the imagination - and the collector. Valuable reference information is included in the appendices, especially a list of photographers, with dates, who have operated in New Zealand up to 1900, which will be appreciated by all who are collecting early photographs, both topographical and portrait.

This history makes no claim to be definitive. But it is an exciting introduction to a rich heritage and is certain to entertain. instruct, and stimulate further research in the many avenues still to be explored in this fascinating field.


Dr. A. C. Barker 1819-1873
Photographer, Farmer, Physician
C. C. Burton
John McIndoe Ltd, 1972

Dr Alfred Charles Barker was surgeon on the Charlotte Jane which brought the first party of immigrants to Canterbury, New Zealand, in 1850. Settling in Christchurch with his former passengers, Barker became one of the infant town's most prominent personalities, active in many spheres of community development. The personal interests of this remarkable and enterprising man were similarly broad ranging from farming to philosophy. But none was more noteworthy than his creative photography through which he recorded the first years of pioneering in Canterbury.

The author of this book sees it as "an attempt to rescue from oblivion a person who is fast disappearing in the mists of legend and conjecture." Certainly Barker, dogmatic, irascible, yet always enthusiastic, becomes a much more human figure. But in creating a word portrait of the doctor, C.C. Burdon has also drawn a fascinating picture of life in Christchurch in its earliest days and of an English society re-established 12,000 miles across the oceans.

This picture, however, is made original and distinctive by Barker's own photographs and drawings. The majority of the selection of illustrations reproduced here is in the Canterbury Museum collection and indicates his skills both as a photographer and as a visual reporter of history.



Wellington - Through a Victorian Lens
William Main
Millwood Press, 1972
108 pages, 172 illustrations
China Printing Co., Taiwan
Original price $5.50


Wellington - Through a Victorian Lens, is a careful selection of photographs of Wellington dating from the 1850's to approximately the turn of the century. The photographs have been selected by William Main, a tutor at the Wellington Polytechnic. A fine Arts graduate of Canterbury University, he teaches photography to students attending the Institute's Design Diploma Courses. A Wellingtonian by birth, he and his wife Jill are noted for their collection of Victoriana, which they have established in Rosedale, an old farmhouse in the suburb of Khandallah.


Bragge's Wellington and the Wairarapa 
Images of a City and its Provinces from the 1860s to the 1890s as Recorded by Photographer James Bragge 1833-1908
William Main 

Millwood Press, Wellington, 1974
100 pages, 283mm x 223mm

 
Dunedin Then
Hardwicke Knight
Published by John McIndoe Limited, 1974
236 illustrations
ISBN: 0 908565 38 0


 Princes Street by Gaslight
Hardwicke Knight
Published by John McIndoe Limited, 1976
ISBN: 0 908565 19 4


 
Maori in Focus
A Selection of Photographs of the Maori from 1850-1914
William Main
Millwood Press, Wellington, 1976
Printed by Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd, Hong Kong
121 pages, 222mm x 288mm

Where do we look for a true and accurate picture of the nineteenth century Maori. How does history document the Polynesian race. Authors and painters have left us an impression which varies from the indistinct to the romantic. Only that impartial mirror of history - the camera - has recorded with any degree of success, the evocative evolution which took place.



 Brian Brake - 40 Photographs
Exhibition Catalogue
An Exhibition organized by the Dowse Gallery, Lower Hutt.
1976
Printed by Dai Nippon Printing Company, Hong Kong
190mm x 220mm

 
 Auckland Through a Victorian Lens
William Main
Millwood Press Limited, Wellington, 1977

Printed by Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd, Hong Kong
177 pages
ISBN: 0-908582-05-6


Burton Brothers
Photographers
Hardwicke Knight
Published by John McIndoe Limited, 1980
ISBN: 0 86868 21 4


New Zealand Photographers - A Selection
by Hardwicke Knight
Allied Press Ltd, 1981

23 Selected biographies illustrated with 96 photographs and a list of over 1,100 Zealand Photographers to 1900.


 George Chance - Photographs
Dunedin Public Art Gallery/Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand, 1985
Printed by John McIndoe Ltd., Dunedin
45 photographs, 
103 pages, 295mm x 210mm
ISBN: 0-9597758-0-3


George Chance was a prominent and well-respected New Zealand pictorialist photographer active in the early 20th century. He is best known for his photographs of landscape and rural scenes produced during the 1920s and '30s.

This fine pictorial look at life in the capital and its environs of more than a hundred years ago has been collected from photographs taken by one of the country's most noteworthy pioneering cameramen, James Bragge. Only meagre biographical material is available on Bragge today, but the photographs he left behind are a worthy reflection of what life and the people in Wellington and Wairarapa were like in the late Victorian era.


William Ferrier 1855-1922
Photographer
John Lester
Published by Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru, 1986
Printed by Pope Print, Timaru.

The Timaru Herald described William Ferrier in his obituary as 'a photographer beyond the average whose work was characterised by a refined artistic taste. Probably he was best known for his landscape photography and in this respect, so far as Timaru is concerned, he must be looked upon as an historian. Through his instrumentality the present generation and the generations to follow, will be able to trace the rise and prosperity of Timaru from its very early days. '

Few people in Timaru today will not have, at some stage, seen a photograph by William Ferrier. Reproductions of his work appear regularly in features and publications about South Canterbury. Both the Treasury Restaurant and the Timaru Herald feature enlargements of Ferrier photographs which complement their interiors. The early history of Timaru Harbour Board is preserved through Ferrier's photographic record Familiarity with the photographs, however, does not extend to knowledge of the photographer himself, or the extent of his work.

William Ferrier was proficient in both portrait and landscape photography, but it is the latter where the interest is today. Few towns would have such a rich and comprehensive photographic record of their beginnings. Conscious of recording the growth of Timaru, Ferrier went to a lot of trouble and sometimes danger to get the best viewpoint. His photographs are planned with an artist's eye for composition and interest. He achieved a sharpness of image which is impressive even by today's standards of improved technology.

Ferrier's forte was catching the sea in its many moods. He braved the worst of weather to catch the drama of the waves crashing over the breakwater or rocks around the harbour, sometimes painting on the glass plate to heighten the effect.

The sense of composition with sometimes foreground interest, is not as obvious in Ferrier's paintings, as in his photographs. His paintings often have a blandness which is not in his photographic work. Here is where his importance lies both as a photographer and as an historian.

It was the custom in Ferrier's time for a photographer taking over another's studio to also take over his photographic work and sign them as his own. Some of the very early works in this collection may not have been taken by Ferrier but we have included them for their historical interest to Timaru.
Meg Parkin


A Canterbury Album
Collodian Photography in Canterbury 1857-1880
Joan Woodward
Te Waihora Press, 1987 
143 pages

Using the laborious collodion or wet-plate method of photography, Canterbury's pioneer photographers captured a special time in the history of the province. The photographs in this book depict the effort and achievements of Canterbury's pioneers and the lives they were leading, in Canterbury proper, on the West Coast and on the Chatham Islands.

Joan Woodward is curator of Photographs at the Canterbury Museum. She has an unrivalled knowledge of early Canterbury photographers. Her text explains the collodion method, sets the photographs in their historical context and gives information about the lives and photographic efforts of the major photographers.

A Canterbury Album presents a unique picture of life in early Canterbury and illustrates the range and diversity of pictures taken by the early photographers using the collodion method.



New Zealand Photography From the 1840's to the Present 
Nga Whakaahua O Aotearoa Mai I 1840 Ki Naianei
William Main and John Turner
PhotoForum, 1993


In over 100 striking images the authors trace the achievements of our best photographers from the time of the laborious daguerreotype and wet place processes through to today's instant colour systems.



Joseph Weaver Allen
Photographer
 Hardwicke Knight
Typeset and Printed by Otago University Print, 1997
ISBN: 0-9583449-2-2
Eighth Series from Hardwicke Knight Collection
Edition limited to 100 copies
129 pages, 298mm x 210mm

Cook's Sites: Revisiting History
Mark Adams
Otago University Press, 1999
 295mm x 235mm
 

Revisiting the sites of contact between Cook's crews in Dusky Sound and Queen Charlotte Sound, as well as places in Europe where botanical specimens, indigenous artifacts, and the voyagers' documents ended up, the authors examine the traces of the past, opening up ambiguities and avoiding easy judgements about these early meetings.



Kaz
The Photographs of Frank Kazukaitis 1942-1998.
Robert McDougall Art Gallery and Contemporary Art Annex, Christchurch, 1999
Exhibition Catalogue
24 photographs, 297mm x 210mm
ISBN: 0- 908874-35-9



John Pascoe 
Author, Historian, Mountaineer, Photographer
Chris Maclean
Craig Potton Publishing in association with the Whitcombe Press, 2003
ISBN: 0-473-09443-6
344 pages

In his heyday, Pascoe (1908-1972) was known as 'Man of the Mountains,' an accolade he earned for climbing virgin peaks and as the author of numerous books on early exploration and mountaineering. This reputation was won through sheer determination and stamina, as Pascoe was not blessed with the physique of an adventurer. But these achievements have tended to obscure his other remarkable contributions to New Zealand life - as a photographer, historian, archivist, and administrator. In this lively and revealing biography, Maclean looks beyond Pascoe's alpine exploits, which made him a legend in his lifetime, to draw a memorable portrait of a generous, vital and enthusiastic man.




Te Awa - Partington's Photographs of Whanganui Maori 
 William Henry Thomas Partington
 Godwit, Auckland, 2003
Published by Randon House
 about 117 photographs 
143 pages, 185mm x 253mm
ISBN: 1-86962-099-2

Partington, a professional photographer, was born in 1855 and worked in both Auckland and Wanganui. The photos in this book were taken between 1891 and 1908. The glass negatives were rediscovered in the Bay of Islands in 2001 and the entire collection is housed in the Whanganui Regional Museum.



With My Camera For Company
Havelock Williams 1884-1968
Adventures and Images of a Pioneering New Zealand Photographer
Edited by Diana Rhodes
Hazard Press Publishers, 2003
ISBN: 1-877270-46-6


George D. Valentine
A 19th Century Photographer in New Zealand
Ken Hall
Published by Potton and Burton, 2004 

George D. Valentine (1852-1890) was one of the foremost 19th-Century photographers to work in New Zealand. He was the leading photographer of the Pink and White Terraces, and also captured the aftermath of the Tarawera Eruption. His photographs have left an enduring legacy of our colonial past. Coinciding with the first major exhibition of his work is the publication of George D. Valentine: A 19th Century Photographer in New Zealand. Featuring many never-before published images it is an important contribution to New Zealand's cultural and photographic heritage.


John Kinder's New Zealand
 Ron Brownson
Publisher Random House New Zealand
Imprint Godwit, 2004
 
John Kinder was New Zealand's only 19th century artist who worked with both painting and photography. His achievement in both mediums is considered to be of national significance. With ninety important paintings and photographs by one of the preeminent colonial artists gathered from the key New Zealand collections, John Kinder's New Zealand will be released to coincide with an exhibition (of the same title) at the Auckland Art Gallery. This will be the first exhibition of Kinder's work to comprehensively unite all of his finest water colours and photographs. It will cover every period of his activity as an artist and will reveal how much of New Zealand he was familiar with. The exhibition will travel to Wellington, Dunedin and Hamilton in 2004, and to Christchurch in 2005.




 
Glacier Country
My Years at Franz Josef 
Ralph Warburton
Shoal Bay, 2004
ISBN: 1-877251-31-3



"Wish You Were Here"
The Story of New Zealand Postcards
William Main and Alan Jackson
New Zealand Postcard Society Inc., 2005
Printed by Astra Print, Wellington
ISBN: 0-476-01113-2


 Ebenezer Teichelmann
Pioneer New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, surgeon, photographer and conservationist
Cutting Across Continents
Bob McKerrow
India Research Press, 2005
ISBN: 81-87943-87-4



Facing An Era
 Postcard Portraits from a Century Ago
William Main
Exposures, 2006
ISBN: 09597836-0-X


Into the Light 
A History of New Zealand Photography
 David Eggleton
Potton and Burton, 2006


Into the Light is a history of New Zealand photography. Written as a narrative essay, it draws together many threads to provide a comprehensive but succinct survey of New Zealand's most significant photographers from the early 1850s until 2006. This is one of the few major New Zealand photographic histories to have been published, building on the work of a small number of previous publications including Hardwicke Knight, William Main and John B. Turner.


Out of Time
Maori and the Photographer 1860 - 1940. 
The Ngawini Cooper Trust Collection
Michael Graham-Stewart & John Gow
John Leech Gallery, 2006

More than eighty vintage photographs, many previously unseen, are reproduced as taonga and as works of art. They offer differing levels of interpretation: as snapshots of Maori history, an illustration of the story of New Zealand photography, or as a springboard to issues of race and exploitation. Subjects include Maori Kings, famous guides, Maori in London and group images in town and country. While awkwardness in constructed poses is evident, the humanity of the people transcends stereotypical perceptions. Photographers include Elizabeth Pulman, Josiah Martin, Alfred Burton and Una Garlick.


Nga Taumata
Portrait Of Ngati Kahungunu 1870 - 1906
Ngatai Huata
Hiua Publishers, 2003

217mm x 305mm
ISBN: 1-86969-033-8

Published by Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc., and the National Library of New Zealand: Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa in association with Huia Publishers.

This collection of remarkable photographic portraits of Ngati Kahungunu 1870-1906 by Samuel Carnell is accompanied by essays in English and Maori which provide insights into the lives and times of the individuals. Nga Taumata includes a wealth of historical information and whakapapa and follows the success of an exhibition of Carnell’s portraits.


 Send Me A Postcard
New Zealand Postcards and the Story They Tell
William Main Craig Potton Publishing, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-877333-72-9


 Edwardian Wellington
Photographs by Joseph Zachariah
William Main
Exposures, 2009
Printed by H and A Design and Print, Wanganui
ISBN: 978-0-9597836-1-2



 Feeling for Daylight
The Photographs of Jack Adamson
Rhian Gallagher
Published by the South Canterbury Museum, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-473-16878-0


Crombie to Burton
Early New Zealand Photography
Michael Graham-Stewart in association with John Gow (John Leech Gallery, Auckland)
2010
78 pages, 210mm x 270mm
ISBN: 978-0-473-16539-0

Wellington Through a Victorian Lens
Revisited
William Main
Steele Roberts Publishers, Wellington, 2011
Printed by Everbest Printing Co. Ltd
ISBN: 978-1-877577-06-2


Early New Zealand Photography
Images and Essays 
Edited by Angela Wanhalla and Erika Wolf
Published by Otago University Press, 2011
208 pages, 240mm x 190mm


 
Fiona Pardington: The Pressure of Sunlight Falling 
Edited by Kriselle Baker and Elizabeth Rankin  This book follows the exhibition of these works at the 17th Biennale of Sydney, 2010.
Published by Otago University Press, June 2011.
166 pages, 340mm x 255mm, 
colour throughout with 69 full-page plates.


Negative Kept
Maori and the Carte de Visite
Published by John Leech Gallery, 2013

Edited by Michael Graham Stewart in association with John Gow
Introductory essay by Keith Giles
200 pages, colour
ISBN: 978-0-9864630-1-3

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Berry Boys
Portraits of World War One Soldiers and Families.
Michael Fitzgerald and Claire Regnault.
Te Papa Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9941041-2-0
130 black and white and colour images
240mm x 200mm

These evocative portraits were uncovered in the 1990s. This book is the result of a nationwide search to discover the soldiers’ identities and stories.

Berry and Co was a Wellington photographic studio in the early 20th century. In the 1990s, a member of the public discovered around 3,000 plate glass negatives in a cupboard. Among them were 130 showing First World War serviceman, sometimes posing with family and friends.

But who were they? And what happened to them? In 2013, TVNZ’s Sunday programme spread the word, and a remarkable public response helped identify many of the soldiers and bring their stories to light.

The First World War had a huge impact on New Zealanders. These portraits and the stories behind them offer an engrossing window on to that momentous time.


 New Zealand Photography Collected
Athol McCredie
Te Papa Press, Wellington, October 2015, reprinted 2016
400+ colour and black-and-white images
ISBN: 9780994104144

368 pages, 305 x 250mm

Shortlisted for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards in the Illustrated Non-fiction category.

From the sublime to the surreal, the familiar to the forgotten and the 1850s to the present – see New Zealand photography like never before in this unique visual history.

New Zealand Photography Collected illuminates New Zealand’s photographic history, from the earliest nineteenth-century portraits of Māori and local ‘scenic views’ to the latest contemporary art photography. It features more than 350 photographs drawn from the national collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, beautifully reproduced and accompanied by richly informative descriptions.

From the iconic to the previously unpublished, the selection includes outstanding photographs by James Bragge, Leslie Adkin, Spencer Digby, John Pascoe, Brian Brake, Frank Hofmann, Ans Westra, Eric Lee-Johnson, Marti Friedlander, Laurence Aberhart, Ann Shelton, Glenn Jowitt, Anne Noble, Yvonne Todd – and many others.

Author and curator Athol McCredie offers a fresh and compelling narrative that foregrounds photography’s wide-ranging uses across portraiture, landscape, science, documentary photography and art, and contemplates the way it has been collected – both privately and publicly – through time. What emerges is not only an illuminating new history of the photographic medium but also a surprising and powerful portrait of Aotearoa New Zealand – its landscapes, its people and its changing character as a nation.




 Fiona Pardington
A Beautiful Hesitation
Published by Victoria University Press in association with Baker Douglas, 2016.
150 colour and black and white images
264 pages, 330 x 255 mm

‘Taking a photograph is like tilting at windmills. It’s taking on the universe.’
—Fiona Pardington

Fiona Pardington considers each of her photographs to be ‘a sovereign world’, offering the viewer an uneasy, dreamlike experience. She uses the phrase ‘a beautiful hesitation’ to describe photography’s power to arrest time and to alter our relationship with what a photograph both places under our gaze and withholds from it. Throughout her career, she has brought forth some of the most haunting, affecting and challenging photographs made in – and, often, about – our country.

Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation showcases the work of one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important and celebrated photographers. Covering thirty years, it is the most comprehensive publication of her work to date. From her early black-and-white analogue photographs to recent digital images, Pardington’s oeuvre traverses the spirituality that underpins Māori customs and the metaphysical world, to sexual and cultural politics. Her cornerstones are the abject, the discarded, the precious and the wounded, and the deep ties she maintains with her Kāi Tahu heritage.

Published by Victoria University Press in association with Baker+Douglas and in conjunction with City Gallery Wellington and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation includes newly commissioned essays, a substantial interview and an archive section including earlier significant texts. Designed by the artist’s brother, Neil Pardington, this book includes more than 150 images. Many early photographs are published here for the first time.

With essays by Aaron Lister, Hana O’Regan, Susan Best, Kriselle Baker, Zara Stanhope, Ron Brownson and Peter Shand, and an interview by Andrew Paul Wood.



Snip and Snaps
The Friths - Nineteenth Century Portraitists, Miniaturists, Caricaturist and Photographic Artists
Noel Tozer
Edmund and Alexander, 2018
ISBN: 9780987535146
256mm x 276mm

In the early nineteenth century, likenesses in profile, or silhouettes, sometimes delicately highlighted in gold were all ordinary folk could afford. The Frith family, John, his three children, Frederick, Henry Albert, and Letitia, travelled the British Isles inviting the "gentry and residents" to sit for these "highly finished" portraits. This art form was overtaken by the camera and photographic portraiture. The younger Friths emigrated to Australia and New Zealand where they adapted to this new medium with the same skills, producing a record of nineteenth century Tasmania, Victoria and New Zealand and their peoples, both indigenous and the newly settled. This is the story of that transition.




Hidden Light 
Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography
Ken Hall with Haruhiko Sameshima

Published with the assistance of the Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery, 2019.
 144 pages, 245mm x 245mm


In uncovering the remarkable, largely unseen work of early New Zealand photographers, Hidden Light: Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography is an exploration of an often overlooked aspect of our artistic past. This publication highlights the sometimes unsettling stories of photographers at work in nineteenth-century Te Waipounamu.
Spectacular landscapes by skilled amateurs and professionals join powerful images of tangata whenua, settlers and mining scenes. The stories and work of several little-known pioneering women photographers are also given new attention.


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