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Capture: Eyes In A City - Gary Baigent's Auckland

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  • Lilith __,

    Wow, great shots. I particularly like the last one.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3470 posts Report Reply

  • Sophie G,

    It's well worth checking out the book in the library...

    Auckland • Since Apr 2012 • 48 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley,

    "This Auckland" - a National Film Unit film from 1967 - was recently posted in the NZ on Screen Auckland collection, and puts you right in that time. I don't think it will embed but here's the link.

    http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/this-auckland-1967

    There is also a short film made for television in 1967, about Gary and his photographs. It's in the TVNZ archive but isn't online. Perhaps NZ On Screen might like to check it out?

    Maungawhau • Since Dec 2006 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Jonathan Ganley,

    Great Jonathan. This has been a real labour of love, and I'm stoked to have it on Capture.

    On the above, I think you could embed using iframe tags in the main post, but not in comments. Just as well to have it as a link I reckon. People can, and should, click. It's a classic video.

    Cheers.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

    Every one a gem, but for me, the Christian Spiritualist one has an extra something. Especially after following the link to the Te Papa collection (thanks) and find they too have it, though oddly a different print with variant name and substantially more tightly cropped. With a thumbnail bringing out that the grey silhouette of presumed demolition worker carrying plank ready for casting into the fire, appears very much as a dynamic cruciform image, while zoomed in his heat-shimmered edge is apparent. Marvellous!

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 838 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to ChrisW,

    the Christian Spiritualist one has an extra something

    Yes, me too. Hard to say what, but the sign seems so appropriate for what's going on behind it.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jonathan Ganley,

    There is also a short film made for television in 1967, about Gary and his photographs. It's in the TVNZ archive but isn't online. Perhaps NZ On Screen might like to check it out?

    Hell yes. Thanks for the tip.

    RB

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18991 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to JacksonP,

    On the above, I think you could embed using iframe tags in the main post, but not in comments.

    There is a growing number of embeddable videos on NZ On Screen, and embed code is provided for all those. Unfortunately, they do not include any video licensed from TVNZ ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18991 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    When I got The Unseen City off Trademe recently, it made me look back at the b&w photos of Auckland I had taken, mostly between 1985 – 1989. Started scanning them, for the halibut.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to JacksonP,

    A sense of plaice, by a snapper

    Started scanning them, for the halibut

    This must be cod for something? ;-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3470 posts Report Reply

  • Myles Thomas,

    The pic of the stationwagon in the rain, says it is in Newton but I'm pretty sure it is Ponsonby Intermediate from Pompallier Terrace. It's not that I'm a savant or anything (or even really care) but I was riding past there today and noticed the unusual shape of the roofs and as coincidence has it, saw them again now. Great photos.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley, in reply to Myles Thomas,

    Thanks for that Myles - I had real trouble reconciling those buildings and that scene with anywhere in Newton, but looking at Pompallier Tce on street view, and seeing the wall and those distinctive roofs, it all makes sense. The steeple on the skyline must be St Stephens church, on the corner of Shelly Beach Rd and Jervois Rd.

    Maungawhau • Since Dec 2006 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Jonathan Ganley,

    The steeple on the skyline must be St Stephens church, on the corner of Shelly Beach Rd and Jervois Rd.

    That's freaky. Just did the Street View, and definitely the school rooftops. Well spotted Myles. I did a screen grab, but then thought might not be wise to repost GMaps. Here’s link to it. Might need to turn around, and look North.

    ETA: Seems link takes you to my last viewed.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley, in reply to JacksonP,

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    photos of Auckland I had taken, mostly between 1985 – 1989

    The Newmarket Railway Station building looking decrepit in 1988. At the time I was aware of Gary’s work but hadn’t yet seen the The Unseen City, or his photo of the station and tracks that we feature in the post.

    Seems link takes you to my last viewed

    Bang on!

    Maungawhau • Since Dec 2006 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    That shot’s a ripper Jonathan.

    Here’s one of the path to the walk bridge.

    And the Broadway Diner around the same time as yours.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    You could call this one Newton.... top of Mt Eden Road

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2315 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Seems this one could fit here too...

    heading for Laneway

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2315 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Clive Wilson the artist? My second cousin. He lived next door in St Mary's Bay when I was a small child. I think he's more into photography now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8598 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Would love to see the book re-printed ……

    This building (now housing The Corner Store bar) features in the book as the Kozy dairy, stationer and dry cleaning, with a hoisery and underwear shop next door. Tho I think the sportscar parked outside may have been the main event….

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2315 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley, in reply to Nora Leggs,

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    This building (now housing The Corner Store bar)

    Maungawhau • Since Dec 2006 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley,

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    More contrast ... at Art In The Dark 2012.

    Maungawhau • Since Dec 2006 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I'd have loved to see a copy of this book. This is the Auckland of my childhood. Though I was brought up in Takapuna, and lived there until I was 18, in 1982, the central city and surrounds were a place I was much familiar with.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    I’d have loved to see a copy of this book

    Request it from the library, though it looks like there is a bit of a queue now : )

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2315 posts Report Reply

  • Alec Morgan,

    There remains a rueful grubby sameness for early morning Aucklanders. The refurbished public spaces demanded by modern town planning and apartment living bypass much of Baigent’s patch. Hand held technique may have been a school style of the time, e.g. Murray Cammicks later Queeen St classics, but still differentiate from the instant “Bressons” of today via their iphones and instagram.

    Tokerau Beach • Since Nov 2006 • 105 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley,

    Sad to note the passing of John Fields, another photographer of Auckland people and places in the 1960s and 1970s. Fields documented Auckland architecture in his 1971 book 'Victorian Auckland'. This book is worth seeking out, as so many buildings of that era are now gone. There are tributes by Harvey Benge here, and by Ron Brownson here.

    Maungawhau • Since Dec 2006 • 175 posts Report Reply

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