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Camera club work

Wharves, Wellington
Wharves, Wellington late 1940s, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Wellington. Collection of Wai-man Lau. Te Papa

Brake's early work was taken within the context of camera clubs, where the style of pictorialism reigned.

Pictorialism was romantic, often soft-focused, and emphasised the picturesque. ‘Rules’ of composition were followed, with the aim of achieving a well-balanced image that was pleasing to the eye. Subject matter was limited to a body of established genres. It could be argued that in his pursuit of attractive pictures, Brake remained to some extent a pictorialist all his life.

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