Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Southern Exposure: the Ellmore-Timms Retrospectiveis a new exhibition at Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki illustrates a significant slice of South Taranaki pictorial history. Rodney J. Ellmore and Lester Timms amassed over 100,000 studio sittings between their studios during the 1960’s until 1990’s in Hawera, New Zealand. With over 250,000 individual photographic negatives this remains one of the largest un-catalogued photographic collections in New Zealand.          

 Now Aotea Utanganui has the daunting task of cataloging, cleaning, re-housing and digitizing portions of this vast studio photographic collection.  This collection contains everything you would expect photographic studios to produce over their time including weddings, sports teams, engagement portraits, commercial material, new-born portraits and community events. 

Aotea Utanganui’s District Archivist, Cameron Curd says that the community play an important part in the exhibition process by contributing important information to the photographs.  This exhibition however only shows around twenty images from this collection and we’re asking the public to help us identify these people.

“You may know something about the people or businesses featured in the photographs, helping to add valuable information to the Ellmore-Timms Collection,” he says. “There are thousands of un-named photographs in the collection and over time we hope to name most of the people photographed – so we would really appreciate any information you can tell us about these people, as this knowledge is important to our collective memory”.   

The exhibition season runs from 1 May to 25 July 2013 and is located in the Livingston Baker Archives & Reading Room, Aotea Utanganui, 127 Egmont Street, Patea

“The unveiling of this collection means everyone will be able to experience the many varied subjects and styles of this significant New Zealand photographic collection – a taonga for generations to enjoy” Mr. Curd says.