Looking back to Wonderland

Looking back to Wonderland

Those with an interest in the history of New Zealand photography should visit Outpost, the Auckland Art Gallery staff blog. Curator Ron Brownson has posted a selection of photographs by Alfred Burton – some from a journey he took through the King Country to Wanganui in 1885 and others from The Wonderland Album – New Zealand, which Brownson considers to be one of our most important assemblages of 19th century topographical photographs. The photographs and Brownson's informative notes are published here under Alfred Burton – the man who makes likenesses and The Wonderland Album – New Zealand (Pt 1 and Pt 2).

Image credits:
Alfred Burton, Our canoe and crew, Ranana, Whanganui River 1885, silver gelatin print, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 1999 (1999/5/3)
Alfred Burton, Gigantic cabbage tree, Papakai, King Country (1999/18/63); Lake Taupo from Motutere (1999/18/66). From The Wonderland Album – New Zealand, circa 1898-1899, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. The Ilene and Laurence Dakin Bequest, purchased 1999