MOORE, R.P. (Robert Percy) (1881-1948)
Panoramic photograph of a large Māori group at Whakarewarewa model village, Rotorua, New Zealand.
[New Zealand : R.P. Moore, c.1925]. Hand coloured gelatin silver print photograph, 200 x 980 mm (approximate), in original glazed wooden frame, 210 x 1000 mm; the photographer’s title in negative (which in Moore’s panoramas generally appears at bottom centre) is either hidden by the frame or else was trimmed when the photograph was mounted; the print is in fine condition, with a couple of small blemishes in the sky area.
A stunning photograph by the renowned New Zealand panoramist R.P. Moore. Arguably the most arresting of his numerous Rotorua compositions, this shot includes upwards of 60 Māori dancers posing in front of the whare and pataka (storehouse), with the palisades in the background.
Moore was born in Christchurch. During World War I he was a travelling photographer in Queensland, producing postcard views. By 1919 he had a studio at 379 Kent Street, Sydney, and his earliest panoramic photographs date from this time. From 1923 to 1931 he operated from a studio at 88 Manners Street, Wellington, specialising in panoramic photographs made with a cirkut camera – a rotating panoramic camera which had been patented in the United States by William J. Johnston in 1904.