Photographer's work on show

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 15:01 15/01/2014
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PERFECT POSE: South Canterbury Museum goers Amye, 3, and Ben de Ruyter, 7, pose in costume, replicating self-portraits taken at the time of Timaru photographer William Ferrier.

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Visitors to the South Canterbury Museum can step back in time and in front of the camera with the William Ferrier exhibition.

The exhibition displays hundreds of photographs taken by Timaru photographer William Ferrier between 1881 and 1921.

Museum director Philip Howe said because there were so many iconic images to display, including never-before-seen photos loaned to the museum by Ferrier's grandson, they are being shown on TV and iPad screens.

Mr Howe said the interactive iPad screens bring Ferrier's work to a wider audience.

In the middle of the exhibition, curated by Tony Rippin, is a panorama shot of Timaru, which Ferrier took from the Sacred Heart Basilica roof in March 1911.

Mr Howe said they are getting positive feedback from museumgoers.

The other main attraction to the exhibition is the chance to dress up in replica costumes of the era and take a self-portrait in the Ferrier style. An old style camera, with a digital one inside, is set up with a self-timer in front of a Victorian-era chair and curtains.

The pictures taken are then uploaded to the South Canterbury Museum's Facebook page. Photographed by William Ferrier runs until February 9.

SOUTH CANTERBURY HERALD

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