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John B Turner, founding editor of PhotoForum reflects on a groundbreaking 1976 survey of institutional attitudes toward the collection and exhibition of photography in New Zealand and asks how much has changed?
The Auckland Art Gallery, in particular, has seldom fulfilled its promise. And no New Zealand public gallery has established a permanent display space to highlight photography and provide students and teachers with a living resource of exemplary works from the histories of photography.
Te Awamutu & District Museum, PO Box 526, Te Awamutu. Local/historical collection of 800 prints. Permanent display. Exhibitions; Local camera club and Brian Brake.
National Museum, Private Bag, Wellington. Department (with varied emphasis) since about 1905. About 60,000 negatives comprised of the following main collections: Burton Bros/Muir & Moodie (Maori portraits & N.Z. topographical views 1880-1910), G.L. Adkin (family photographs & views of Horowhenua and Wellington, 1910- 1940), Chapman-Taylor (concerned mainly with his architecture), G.H. Burt (commercial and industrial work, 1920- 1940), F.B. Butler (commercial portraiture & views around Taranaki 1870-1940), Thos. Andrew (Samoa: people and scenes 1900-1915), Spencer Digby (commercial portraiture and industrial work 1930-1950), James Bragge (Wellington and Wairarapa scenes, buildings, about 1875), Connolly & Co. (portraits of Wellington dignitaries, about 1887), American Photographic Co. (Maori portraits, about 1870). Also a large number of original prints including work of Rev. John Kinder, Alfred Burton, George Moodie, Josiah Martin, James Bragge, W.H. Davis and Frank Coxhead. Exhibitions: Gaslight on Muddy Streets* •, Maori in Focus, 19th Century N.Z. Photographs, Camera in the Coral Islands**, Wellington 1857-1973**, D.S.I.R. Science Photography* *, Brian Brake, and Raupo and Velvet* *.
* Originated exhibition.** Originated and toured exhibition.