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The Perfect Moment Te Whakaahua Tika

These photographs are a glimpse into The Spencer Digby - Ronald D. Woolf Collection.


He kitenga ēnei whakaahua ki The Spencer Digby - Ronald D. Woolf Collection.

  • When | Āhea Sat 4 Nov – 4 Feb 2024
  • Where | Ki hea Toi Art, Level 5
  • Cost | Te utu Free entry

From 1931 to 1985, Spencer Digby Studios captured the lives of Wellington’s people – from dances to dog shows, from posed portraits to spontaneous moments. Located on Lambton Quay, the popular studio was known for its specialised services and modern equipment.

This exhibition is a small sample from the The Spencer Digby - Ronald D. Woolf Collection, a group of over 250,000 images from Spencer Digby Studios. The collection was donated to Te Papa by Ronald D. Woolf in 1975.

Digitising the collection

Over the last two years, a dedicated team...

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Mai i te tau 1931 ki te tau 1985, i whakaahuatia e te Whare Whakaahua o Spencer Digby te noho a te iwi o Te Whanganui-a-Tara – mai i ngā kanikani ki ngā whakaaturanga kurī, mai i ngā whakaahua kiritangata ki ngā mahi noa. I runga o Lambton Quay, i mōhiotia rā tēnei whare whakaahua mō āna ratonga whāiti me āna taputapu hou.

He paku timotimo noa iho tēnei whakaaturanga i The Spencer Digby - Ronald D. Woolf Collection, he kohinga neke atu i te 250,000 ngā whakaahua mai i Spencer Digby Studios. He mea takoha te kohinga ki Te Papa nā...

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