Allan Baldwin: In Frame


Tearepa Kahi
2011 | 52 minutes | New Zealand
U.S. Premiere | Director in Attendance

This loving examination of the photographer-turned-historian Allan Baldwin’s extraordinary work on traditional Maori tattoos is part historical document, part tribute to some of the last practitioners of a dying traditional art form. Baldwin’s magnificent photographs from the ‘60s and ‘70s, which inspired Michael King’s famous 1972 book Moko: Maori Tattooing in the 20th Century, are the product of a chance encounter on Baldwin’s adoptive home of the central North Island of New Zealand. Coming upon a Maori female elder with a moko, which he had believed were all gone, he asked if he could take her picture. That episode, like the many that followed it, combined to make up an extraordinary pictorial record that is also a testament to Baldwin’s character.

Co-presented by the International Center of Photography

Plays with Irish Folk Furniture

What compelled you to see for yourself?
I learned how to see for myself when I understood what my name meant. Te Arepa translates in English as ‘Beginning.’ My father chose Te Arepa as a name to honor his mother, a name from her faith. Understanding all this helped me see for myself.
—Tearepa Kahi | Director, Allan Baldwin: In Frame