Te Papa’s touring exhibition Brian Brake: Lens on the world opens on the 1st June at the Tauranga Art Gallery, the exhibition runs until the 15th September 2012 . The exhibition features more than 170 superb photographic reproductions from Te Papa’s permanent art collection, and is the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of this notable Magnum photographer’s work, spanning his forty-year career.
Brake was New Zealand’s best known photographer in the 1970s and 1980s, and arguably remains so today. He gained international prominence with his ‘Monsoon’ essay on India, which was seen around the world in Life, Paris Match, Epoca and other picture magazines in 1961.
The photographic images in the exhibition include those he was invited to take in 1950s Communist China and Soviet Russia; Roman and Egyptian ruins as they were in the 1960s; candid shots of celebrities such as Pablo Picasso and groundbreaking work with craft objects and taonga Māori, including some of those which travelled in the much-celebrated Te Māori exhibition in 1984. Brian Brake: Lens on the world gives an unprecedented insight into Brake’s life and his view of the world. As well as the 170 prints, the exhibition includes images displayed in digital presentations, and examples of magazines in which Brake’s work appeared.