Hidden Light: Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Hidden Light is an exploration of an often overlooked aspect of our artistic past. This exhibition highlights the contribution of pioneering photographers at work in nineteenth-century Te Waipounamu. Spectacular landscapes by skilled amateurs and professionals join powerful images of tangata whenua, settlers and mining scenes. Unseen work by a small number of early women photographers is also included. This exhibition is accompanied by a superb new publication produced by the Gallery.

Image Credit: Alfred C. Barker Sarah Elizabeth (Lizzy) Barker c.1861. Glass plate collodion negative. Collection of Canterbury Museum (1944.78.255)
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