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Rediscovering photography

Early colour and lost stories

Wednesday 17 June 2015, 10:30 am - 12pm


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An opportunity to hear two of Te Papa’s photography specialists…

Adventures in early colour photography presented by Lissa Mitchell, Curator Historical Documentary Photography

The autochrome was a hazy mosaic of colour that depended heavily on the ability of photographers to make effective compositions. Invented in France and first promoted in New Zealand in 1907, the autochrome was mainly used here by photographers up until the First World War. In this talk Lissa Mitchell gives an overview of the use of the autochrome process in relationship to New Zealand and shows a selection of lush examples held in New Zealand and overseas museum collections.

Photo-detective: uncovering lost stories presented by Athol McCredie, Curator Photography
Many historical photographs have arrived in Te Papa’s collection without much information, sometimes without a photographer’s name, more often without a date or title. For his forthcoming Te Papa Press book on the photography collection, Athol McCredie has undertaken intensive research on selected photographs, uncovering some fascinating, long-forgotten information that helps bring these classic photographs alive.

Feature image: Detail from:Group at picnic, by Roland Searle, black and white negative. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. A.019799. Te Papa.


Members $15, Non-members $20 (includes refreshments and parking)