Brian Brake: Lens on the world 

When:
Exhibition now closed 23 Oct 2010 – 8 May 2011
Where:
Level 5
Cost:
Free entry
Type:
Arts 

'Offerings to the unknown dead, Kyoto' [Toshi Satow offering a candle]. Taken for a series on Japan for 'Life' 1964, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Kyoto. Gift of Wai Man Lau, 2010. Te Papa
'Offerings to the unknown dead, Kyoto' [Toshi Satow offering a candle]. Taken for a series on Japan for 'Life' 1964, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Kyoto. Gift of Wai Man Lau, 2010. Te Papa
Brian Brake was New Zealand’s best-known and most successful photographer, with a career spanning the golden age of photojournalism. 

Brake joined the prestigious photo agency Magnum after meeting one of its founders, the legendary Henri Cartier-Bresson. His work was published internationally in magazines such as Life, Paris Match, and National Geographic – including the celebrated photo essay Monsoon (1961). In New Zealand, his photographs appeared in landmark publications such as New Zealand, gift of the sea (1963 and 1990) and Māori Art: The Photography of Brian Brake (2003). 

Yet Brake’s vast body of work has never been seen, or critically considered, in its entirety – until now. On 23 October 2010 amajor retrospective exhibition, Brian Brake: Lens on the world, opens at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Explore this website to find out more about the exhibition and Brake’s life and work.