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Nature Boy: The Photography of Olaf Petersen

Olaf Petersen. 1970. So Lonely. Auckland Museum. © Olaf Petersen Estate
7 Apr 2022 to 31 Mar 2023
10AM - 5PM Daily
See your world through Olaf’s eyes. Explore the captivating work of award-winning photographer Olaf Petersen, one of Aotearoa's finest nature photographers.
Event type: 
Free, no bookings required
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Museum Auckland Domain Parnell, Auckland


Nature Boy features Olaf's very best competition prints, with 60 extraordinary images captured between the 1930s and 1980s. This exhibition shines a light on Olaf Petersen’s love and regard for the natural world, and will invite you to stop and recognise it too. 

Explore Tāmaki Makaurau as Olaf saw it and understand his important contribution to New Zealand's photographic history – it’s a must-see for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Join Olaf in the field with a hands-on interactive display, swipe through albums, and discover how he developed his outdoor photographic practice. Experience Olaf’s Coast, a short film that offers insight into his life, photographic approach and process.

Written by

Joy - Operations, The Big Idea

28 Apr 2022