Te Papa's largest photo exhibit to open

  • 06/11/2015

Te Papa is set to unveil its largest ever photography exhibition.

The national museum will open its doors for the New Zealand Photography Collected exhibit, as part of the new season of Nga Toi/Arts Te Papa, today which showcases the nation's photographic heritage.

Around 300 photographs will be displayed, from 1850s through to the modern day.

Te Papa photography curator Athol McCredie said the photos, that range from the iconic New Zealand images to the popular and personal, were chosen because of their depth, richness and resonance.

"In a world saturated with images, we are used to the quick flick but these reward repeated viewings," Mr McCredie said.

"Their power is lasting because they sustain multiple meanings and interpretations which is exactly why they are in a museum collection."

But the New Zealand Photography Collected exhibit, which also includes a book launch of the same name, will not be the only new showcase to be unveiled today.

A contemporary art showcase Open Home is set to debut alongside a selection of large-scale landscape prints by 19th-century American photographer, Carleton Watkins.