30 JAN 2012

Whites Aviation Photography

We love the vintage hand tinted aerial photos from Whites Aviation. They're as kiwi as Marmite and gumboots but look a lot better on the wall.

We've been lucky enough to hand deliver beautiful pieces of furniture to some lovely homes around Auckland. More often than not we notice a work from the iconic Whites Aviation. These pieces often take pride of place next to works by famous international and local artists. If you haven't seen a Whites work, they feature aerial photographs of some of New Zealand's best scenery and cityscapes. The photos were taken in black and white and then lovingly hand tinted to provide colour. The scenery photos make us proud to live in this beautiful country while the cityscapes show just how much things have changed in the last fifty years. See our designers writeup for a detailed history. Recently we were invited by Sue at The Boiler Room to visit the new store in Kingsland. When she mentioned her love of Whites Aviation photography and the collection of rare pieces in store we were there in a flash. It's definitely worth a visit if you love industrial style. Whites pieces have been cropping up in pop culture and magazines like Frankie or NZ Home fairly often lately - clearly their popularity is growing. The video clip for the Brooke Fraser song Something in the Water features a cool landscape shot amongst other vintage classics. If you're looking for a piece for your place here are a few tips. You can still find Whites works in local op shops so keep an eye out but prices are definitely increasing. The larger pieces (above the standard 70cm x 40cm size) are a lot more desirable. The cityscapes are hot right now and a lot harder to source. Always check for wear to the hand tinting as often it sustains damage when people have made an amateur attempt to clean it. Also, authentic pieces are signed "Whites" in the bottom right hand corner.

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