Colour photographs that offer a snapshot of Frederic Hardwicke Knight's life in England in the 1950s

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

If you're a fan of the magic behind 1950s Kodachrome, then a new photo-book, Hardwicke Knight Through The Lens, will no doubt be on your wish list. Showcasing previously unpublished personal works by the esteemed New Zealand photographer and photography historian Frederic Hardwicke Knight.

With a preface by biographer Meg Davidson, this book takes us on the journey from the photographer’s birth in Stoke Newington, London to his registration as a conscientious objector during World War II. Knight consequently emigrated to New Zealand in the late fifties, where he took up the post of Director of Medical Photography at the University of Otago in Dunedin.

Publishing over 30 books about New Zealand photography, Knight was a prominent figure in New Zealand’s photographic history and pivotal in its lexicon. He also authored the first comprehensive history of his host country’s photography.

Hardwicke Knight Through The Lens is a compilation of more than 200 Kodachrome slides that came into the possession of New Zealand archivist David Murray and have now been published (for the first time ever) together with photo enthusiast and web designer Sean Naghibi of award-winning London based August Studio.

The book provides us with a snapshot of Knight’s life in England in the 1950s before he travelled to New Zealand. From street scenes that showcase bustling, post-war London life to touching rural portraits of Knight’s family on Dorset Beach in Yorkshire and other places of scenic beauty across Britain.

Celebrating Hardwicke Knight's life and career, the limited-edition book also celebrates and resurrects the magic of 1950s Kodachrome. Available to purchase exclusively online at hardwickeknight.com.

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight

© Frederic Hardwicke Knight