By Mike Mather on STUFF…

Vintage photographs of artists in their own environments, taken by celebrated artist Marti Friedlander, are now on show in a new exhibition at Waikato Museum.

The exhibition, which opens on Friday, is toured by New Zealand Portrait Gallery and has been curated by Friedlander’s friend and former lecturer, Dr Leonard Bell.

The prints chronicle New Zealand’s social and cultural life from the 1960s into the twenty-first century. Friedlander’s subjects are artists, writers, craftspeople and actors, including Ralph Hotere, Maurice Gee, Dame Robin White, Wilf Wright, Darien Takle, Michael King, Evelyn Page and Gaylene Preston.

Friedlander, who was born in London and raised with her sister in a Jewish orphanage, moved to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband Gerrard in 1958.

Already a photographer, she picked up her camera and began taking pictures of her new country – which she at first found distressingly conservative – with an outsider’s eye.

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