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Points of View: Collecting Continued
Lane Gallery, Level 2, Puke Ariki Library
15 March 2019 – 1 September 2019



Come for a walk through the Lane Gallery and see how New Plymouth has changed. Points of View is a breakaway segment of the main Whare Kahurangi exhibition, showing in the temporary gallery from 6 April.

This photographic exhibition tells the story of intergenerational collecting and of changing street views within central New Plymouth.

It all started in July 1939 when Tony Thorne (an employee of the New Plymouth Engineers Department) stood with a glass plate camera photographing intersections of New Plymouth.

In 1992 Tony's grandson Bob discovered the glass plate negatives in the basement workshop. Bob, a keen photographer, developed the negatives to reveal 82 street views of the New Plymouth's Central Business District.

Retrace Tony’s steps with Bob as he photographs the same street view in 1999 and again in 2019.

See for yourself and stand where they stood at these collected points of view.

Images on loan from Bob Murray private collection