Una printed in platinum as early as 1924 with her Pleasure craft Auckland harbour series (one image from this series above). Some of these were later reprinted after she started using A.R.P.S. on her stamp. The image above, as indicated on the verso note, shows that this was showed at an exhibition in Pittsburgh Salon in 1926 and London Salon in 1929.
As you can see from the rich tonal range in these two prints above, Platinum offers a superb range from black to white, rendering greater detail in the shadows than any other process.
Other images give the characteristic softness attained brush when making bromoil and gum prints, as can be seen below (with a comparative shot underneath). Both Una and another Pictorialist in our Collection, Gerald E. Jones, made soft images of this nature.
Are We There Yet?
Una Garlick opened the way for women to join the Auckland Camera Club and submit their work for competition. She was a committee member by 1927, having won the annual medal in the previous year. Her presence would have provided great inspiration to others, especially noting the presence of her work in the very European and North American salons which many held in high regard. Una dedicated herself to photography; her camera was never far from her hand and was certainly in high demand from those who knew her. Her contribution to the pictorialist movement earned the respect of her contemporaries and practitioners abroad, along with the status of Associate of the Royal Society of Great Britain.
Cite this article
Higgins, Shaun. 'Una Garlick', Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Published: 19 10 2018.