Studio portrait photography in Aotearoa New Zealand
Studio portraits taken in a professional photographer’s studio – often making use of backdrops or props – were for formal, posed portraits, as well as informal, candid photographs of people, and sometimes their pets.
Identifying cellulose nitrate film while cataloging our collections
How do we identify one transparent film support from another more dangerous one? This was a challenge posed to staff working with the Spencer Digby / Ronald D Woolf Collection of photographic negatives. Conservator Photography Caroline Garratt describes the issues they face and the technology that helps them.
Digitising studio photography: The Spencer Digby – Ronald D Woolf Lotteries project is underway
In 2021, Te Papa received a grant from Lotteries NZ towards the digitisation of the Spencer Digby / Ronald D Woolf Collection of around 250,000 photographic negatives shot between the 1930s and 1980s. The project is now well underway. Athol McCredie, Curator Photography and Melissa Irving, Senior Imaging Technician tell us about the project.
Adding cat pictures to the internet is my job
The internet’s primary function as a repository for cat pictures is well established, but what about our pre-digital cat photos? Doesn’t the world deserve to see them as well? Imaging Technician Ish Doney describes the housing of the Digby/Woolf photographs collection and uses the opportunity to share some favourites.
Super cool! How the Digby/Woolf Lotteries project keeps negatives safe
The digitisation of the Spencer Digby / Ronald D Woolf Collection of around 250,000 photographic negatives project is now well underway! Imaging Technician Ashleigh James-McKenna gives us an insight into how the negatives are managed.
Playing Sherlock: How a chair unlocked the story behind a portrait of a New Zealand wars soldier
Summer scholar Caitlin Lynch describes how a breakthrough clue, in the form of an ornate chair, led to the intriguing story of the solider’s facial disfiguration and reconstruction in a 19th-century portrait.