The New Zealand Portrait Gallery
20 February 2017
7 May 2017
10.30am - 4.30pm
A photograph captures a split second in time and records it for history. Whether colour or black and white, digital or film, it is a moment which can’t be repeated or replicated. Capture exhibits those precious one off moments. The photographs range from those of historic record, like the wedding photograph of Richard Kelly, who along with his new wife Julie, would have had to stand still for up to fifteen minutes to insure correct exposure of the glass plate, to the image of Davina Whitehouse who, photographer Neil Penman was given a very brief time frame to get just four shots of the aging actress.
Images of Ralph Hotere, Colin McCahon and Irene Ferguson all capture the slight unease and uncomfortableness each artist has with being posed in front of the camera, Ferguson preferring to look away completely. These images are in stark contrast to Sister Loyola Galvin and writer Catherine Chidgey who appear relaxed and confident, enjoying the process of the portrait.
Peter and Olivia McLeavey, captures the father daughter team upstairs at his gallery at a period of change with Peter beginning to step back from managing the Peter McLeavey Gallery. Olivia’s hand is placed reassuringly on Peter’s arm, indicating her lasting support.
This exhibition was made possible with the support of the Deane Endowment Trust, which supports the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Collection
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