Really? Every single photo coloured by hand?
Yes, such was the era of 'hand coloured photography' - a
painting and photograph in one - the way you got a high-quality
colour photo before colour photography became mainstream.
Some of New Zealand's best hand coloured photos - glorious
scenic vistas - were produced by Whites Aviation, an Auckland-based
firm established in 1945. These photos were quickly a sensation,
adorning offices and lounges around the land.
Now, decades later, Whites photos are coveted collectibles and
respected pieces of photographic art, even making the title-page of
Te Papa's recent landmark publication New Zealand Photography
Our short film will profile the near-forgotten craft of hand
colouring, and celebrate the enduring legacy of Whites Aviation
You'll meet Grace Rawson, one of the earliest colourists at
Whites. And, fortuitously, Grace has agreed to hand colour a
landscape photo for the first time in more than 50 years ... using
Despite massive changes in photography, we'll witness that
nothing can change the authenticity and wonderful aesthetic of a
We're proud to be part of Loading Docs 2016, and to have the
guidance and support of the Loading Docs team.
What we need now is $2000 - preferably more! - to secure the
dollar-for-dollar $2000 from Loading Docs.
We'd love you to lend a hand. Our time is free given our love of
the content, but we have a number of out-of-pocket expenses to
cover and would like to invest in some sensitive graphic effects to
boost the viewing sensation.
The Colourist will be a high-end documentary oozing art and
culture. Thanks for considering being part of it.
Greg is an award-winning filmmaker. Peter is a spare-time
author and creative. Joined by our love of Whites Aviation photos,
we're the perfect team to make this film.