- The Camera in the Crowd
The Camera in the Crowd
Dr Christopher Pugsley has worked with the Film Archive, now Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, for over 20 years researching our early film history. The results of this work have now been published in his new book The Camera in the Crowd: Filming New Zealand in Peace and War, 1895-1920.
“This is the book that I’ve hoped someone would write.” Sir Peter Jackson
The story of film in New Zealand for its first 25 years, 1895–1920, told largely through the film that has survived — mere fragments of the hundreds of films shot. It is the story of New Zealand and New Zealanders on film for the last years of the Victorian era and the first two decades of the 20th century: a period that encompasses great political, technological and cultural changes, including the cataclysm of the First World War. It tells of the cameramen or cinematographers (as they were known), of the film they took and how the public reacted to it, and of New Zealand in those eventful years.
Beautifully illustrated with over 100 stills from Ngā Taonga’s collection, this short exhibition gives a taste of some of the films discussed in The Camera in the Crowd. For more, purchase the book online or from your local bookseller.