Sydney: Bondi beach, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), New South Wales. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa

Auction for Christchurch 

9 September 2011

Te Papa Picture Library and the Brian Brake Estate, with the support of Image Lab and Trade Me have organised an online charity auction to raise funds for the Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal Fund.

Twelve Brian Brake gallery-quality prints will be auctioned starting 5 September, 2011 and closing 14 September, 2011.

Prints usually range in price from $1955 to $2806. Starting bids in the auction range from $1173 -$1683. The reserve…..well that is a surprise, so get bidding to find out!

Each auction includes a copy of the book Brian Brake: Lens on the world (RRP $99.99) printed by Te Papa Press and nominated in the illustrated non-fiction category of the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards.

100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to the Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal Fund to help the rebuilding of this beautiful city

Brian Brake was New Zealand’s best known photographer from the 1960’s to the 1980’s and continues to be a notable figure in the photographic world.  

He gained international prominence with his photo essays, most notably his essay on India “Monsoon” – from which a print of the famous “Monsoon Girl” image is for sale. Also included in the auction offering are inspiring prints of New Zealand landscapes as well as insights into the other cultures Brian Brake was able to photograph.

On display at the Canterbury Museum until 20 November 2011, Brian Brake: Lens on the World, contains 165 photographic reproductions from Te Papa’s permanent collection and is the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of this notable photographer’s work.  

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For further information, contact: 

Phil McGrath – Manager, Communications, (0296) 010 180 or (04) 381 7083, Phil.McGrath@tepapa.govt.nz