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A Decade of Days – Auckland through Robin Morrison’s eyes

A day at the races

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A day at the races

A day at the races, circa 1985, Auckland

A day at the races, circa 1985, Auckland

Permission of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira must be obtained before any re-use of this image.© Robin Morrison, 1985

Historian Michael King said that Robin Morrison helped us to see the things we needed to see: “The rhythms in our landscape, the things that made us knowing and tolerant and affectionate about our country and our compatriots; and he helped us see a great distance.

“He also had a genius for snapping the shutter at the absolutely decisive moment when people, buildings and landscapes – and sometimes animals as well – arranged themselves into the composition that he had seen: or, more accurately, perhaps, foreseen.”

Robin said he liked to take multiple shots of a scene and couldn’t be the kind of photographer who set up his tripod and pushed the shutter once.

“I like to work round it until I feel right ... just that fraction to the right, just that fraction to the left, or just those few more minutes waiting until the sun comes out and the light's better, or someone moves in front. Happenstance. Fate. I'm very much aware of that in photography.”

Further reading

This page features quotes from the Art New Zealand article, Robin Morrison, by Rhondda Bosworth.