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Object: Milford Sound, Fiordland. Taken for ‘New Zealand, gift of the sea’ (1963)

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Title Milford Sound, Fiordland. Taken for ‘New Zealand, gift of the sea’ (1963)
Production Brake, Brian (photographer), 1960, Milford Sound
Medium summary colour transparency
Materials photographic gelatin, reversal film, cut film
Classification colour transparencies, colour slides, landscapes
Technique chromogenic processes, colour photography
Format 35 mm slide (mounted)
Credit line Gift of Wai Man Lau, 2010
Registration number CT.059853

Nicknamed 'Blue Milford', this is one of Brake's best known New Zealand landscape images and was widely used in tourism promotions from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Like many of his photographs, several variations exist. A seagull can be seen in some; in others, the position of the stick relative to the background appears different as Brake tried the shot from slightly different angles. There are varying amounts of sunlight on the mountains, indicating that Brake was responding to changes in the light over an hour or two.

Brake may have had no clear preference, as many versions have been published.

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