The New Photography

The New Photography

New Zealand’s photographer pioneers of the 1960s and 1970s.

Edited by Athol McCredie

Published by Te Papa Press: June 2019
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $70.00
216 pages, Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-9951031-9-1

Book Launch: Tuesday 11 June, 6 p.m. at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington.


In this handsome book, leading photography curator Athol McCredie tells the story of the beginnings of contemporary photography – also known as art photography – in New Zealand. Through interviews with the photographers Gary Baigent, Richard Collins, John Daley, John Fields, Max Oettli, John B Turner, Len Wesney and Ans Westra, and accompanied by an outstanding introductory essay, McCredie shows how the break-through approach of personal documentary photography created a new field of photography in New Zealand that was not simply illustrative but rather spoke for itself and with its own language.

Athol McCredie is Curator Photography at Te Papa, where he has worked since 2001. Prior to that he was curator and acting director at Manawatu Art Gallery (now Te Manawa), and he has been involved with photography as an author, researcher, curator and photographer since the 1970s. His most recent book is New Zealand Photography Collected (Te Papa Press) which was shortlisted for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Read an interview with Athol McCredie on the Te Papa blog