Four decades of photographer Laurence Aberhart
Laurence Aberhart developed his photographic skills in Christchurch, and many of his early images from four decades ago are going on show in the city's Art Gallery. Laurence is best-known for his black and white images, but the exhibition Aberhart Starts Here includes some rare large-format polaroids he took between 1979 and 1980. They and hundreds of other photographs were packed up when he moved from Lyttleton to Russell in the far north, 34 years ago. Now senior curator Lara Strongman has worked with Laurence on selecting the 60 images of abandoned shops, masonic lodges and suburban homes. Lara and Laurence talk to Lynn Freeman about the exhibition which opens this week at the Christchurch Art Gallery.