Posts categorized as Photography

Nodding cat

Sometimes there is little information about some of the photographs in the collection. I love this image. It was taken in the 1930s by Marion Kirker (1879-1971). Yet I wonder: who is the man? Is it his cat? Why photograph them? What is the cat looking at? The man seems to be holding onto the… Read more »

Out of all Proportion: Gavin Hipkins in ‘Collecting Contemporary’

The shaman

When I first saw Gavin Hipkin’s The shaman (blue), currently on display in Collecting Contemporary on Level 5, it was as a digital image emailed by his dealer. I was struck by the ambiguity of the photograph. The stunning, pale blue background is almost featureless, and like the blue or green-screen used to create special… Read more »

W F Gordon’s Taranaki land war photographs

Early last century, New Plymouth man William Gordon assembled a photographic record of people (both Māori and European) who served in the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s. The Dominion Museum (Te Papa’s second predecessor) purchased the photographs in 1916 as part of the Gordon Collection. Recently, I have been working on improving the documentation… Read more »

Behind the scenes: installing the Collecting Contemporary exhibition

  • Leftovers
  • Patching up Gallary Walls
  • Jim Allen install February 2012
  • Installing Suspension Rig for Jim Allen’s Works

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been busy installing an updated selection of works in the Collecting Contemporary exhibition on Level 5. Collecting Contemporary is an exhibition featuring some of the contemporary New Zealand art works that Te Papa acquired between 2006 and 2011. Read more about Collecting Contemporary As a curator, the… Read more »

January in History

Happy New year all!  I hope you all had a good holiday break and had your cameras out snapping away.  Maybe your images will one day be part of the Museum collection……you never know.    I’ve been doing a lot of image research lately around significant events, where an image is used to assist in… Read more »

Can I use Images from Te Papa’s Collection Online? – The difference between Commercial and Non-Commercial Use

Te Papa’s released a bunch of images for you to reuse if you meet certain conditions. One of the conditions is your use must be non-commercial. Here are some examples that will help you figure that out. A non-commercial use in a non-profit setting Judy is a student putting together a power-point presentation for her… Read more »