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Wellington in the frame with major photographic exhibition

9 Nov 2015

Wellington’s beauty, quirkiness, and dynamic nature has featured in countless photos and films so it’s only fitting that a major exhibition with a unique photographic slant is being held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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James Bragge, Victoria Hotel, about 1875, collodion glass negative. Purchased 1955.
Photo credit: Te Papa (D.000032)

Wellington’s beauty, quirkiness, and dynamic nature has featured in countless photos and films so it’s only fitting that a major exhibition with a unique photographic slant is being held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

The fifth season of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa, the museum’s changing programme of art drawn from the national collection, includes a stunning new exhibition of hundreds of photographs captured since the 1850s from nearly every corner of New Zealand.

With four brand new exhibitions, and five refreshed galleries, the new season of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa is free to visit, and opens today (6 November).

Exhibition visitors are being encouraged to submit the most recent photo on their phone, and its backstory, tagged with #tepapaphoto. The best will go on display on Level 5 of the gallery.

Wellington is a photogenic city – from the scenic harbour and foodie treats tucked down tasty laneways, to a vibrant dining scene and spectacular views from the Cable Car and Mt Victoria.

Wellington freelance photographer Jeff McEwan says Wellington is a photographers’ dream.

“The compact nature of Wellington means photo opportunities on the waterfront, in the green belt, or in the heart of the city itself are always close at hand.

“Wellingtonians have known for ages that these factors combine to make their city special. Visitors soon discover this and it often shines like a beacon in the photos they take.”

Since Positively Wellington Tourism (PWT), a unit of the recently formed Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, started promoting the use of #ShareMeWLG in November 2013, more than 15,200 snaps have been tagged with the hashtag.

"We love showcasing photos from the city’s fans through our social media channels and marketing material”, says PWT chief executive David Perks. “People get a real kick out of their images being selected and it provides an authentic view to potential visitors.”

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