In 2021, former press photographer Geoff Dale took on an assignment that was different to anything he had done before. Using a 110-year-old camera – a Graflex – he photographed the breakneck America’s Cup action on the Waitematā Harbour. A selection of these striking images is now on display at the New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa.
Light on the Water
An exhibition of photographs by Geoff Dale
Geoff Dale introduces his cameras
One frame. One story.
Read a Q&A interview with Geoff Dale where he discusses his passion for photography and the inspiration behind this remarkable project.
About Geoff Dale
Geoff Dale joined the New Zealand Herald as a photographer in 1970, where he spent 28 years on staff before going freelance. Throughout his years at the Herald, Geoff published almost 20,000 photos; he found it a privilege to be "the man on the spot," capturing the moment, whether it was the Pope visiting New Zealand or Michael Jones scoring the first try at the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup.
In 2019 he began a project to photograph the 36th America’s Cup using a 1909 Auto Graflex camera with a Ross of London 20-inch telephoto lens manufactured in about 1900. The old technology of film and large format photography has given the images a timeless look while photographing the cutting edge of yachting technology.