Behind the camera

On now on the 2nd floor of the Central Library is our latest exhibition, Behind the camera, featuring a selection from photographers and photography studios whose work is now held in Sir George Grey Special Collections.

New Zealand Herald

Photographs have long been part of Auckland Libraries’ heritage collections. The Winkelmann collection of views of Auckland was purchased in 1928 and the Richardson collection was added in 1942.

Henry Winkelmann

James D Richardson

The Library has largely collected photographs for their documentary evidence of places, people and events. This exhibition is our chance to focus on the photographers themselves and give them due recognition.

Daniel Louis Mundy

Herman John Schmidt

The Library’s ongoing digitisation programme means that all the photographs used in the exhibition are also available to browse online.

Clifton Firth

Auckland City Council

While many of the images have appeared in previous exhibitions Behind the camera gives us a chance to group them together by photographer and give them a stylistic and personal context.

Charles Peet Dawes

Ernest Charles Binns

There is also an online exhibition showing a selection of Radcliffe's work.

John Rykenberg

Ref: John Rykenberg, The Mike Walker Trio, from left to right, Frank Conway, Neville Whitehead, Mike Walker  outside the Montmartre and Lautrec coffee lounge in Lorne Street., 1960s, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1269-E161-29.

For more information on individual photographers in this exhibition you can perform a search by name in our Photographers database.

Ron Clark

Eric W Young

Author: Andrew Henry