NZ Photography Legend Marti Friedlander Dies

 

By Miriam Bell

 

One of New Zealand's most renowned photographers, Marti Friedlander, died this morning [November 14, 2016] at the age of 88. 

 

Friedlander's photographs of New Zealand and New Zealanders depicted the country and its people with a sensibilty which was, first, fresh and then became iconic.

 

Born in London in 1928 and raised in a Jewish orphanage, she emigrated to New Zealand in the late 1950s after marrying New Zealand dentist Gerrard Friedlander.

 

In a career spanning over 50 years, she captured many powerful images of important events and people.

 

These included groundbreaking work such as her collaboration with historian Michael King on the 1972 book "Moko" which told the stories of the last generation of Maori women to wear the chin tattoo. 

 

Despite struggling with ill health over the last few years, she continued to work until recently. 

 

She was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to photography in 1999.

 

Last month, she received an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of Auckland.

 

Friedlander was an active participant in New Zealand's Jewish community, as well as in the country's arts community.

 

Read Wellington journalist David Cohen's piece on Marti Friedlander on the Shalom.Kiwi website: http://shalom.kiwi/2016/11/marti-friedlanders-eye-extraordinary-ordinary/

 

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Posted by Miriam Bell (14/11/2016 12:08)      555 Views