Part one of three from this full length television programme.
Part two of three from this full length television programme.
Part three of three from this full length television programme.
The credits for this full length television programme.
Brian Brake is regarded as New Zealand's most successful international photographer. He worked for the Magnum cooperative, and snapped famous shots of Pablo Picasso at a bullfight and the Monsoon series for Life magazine. In this Inspiration documentary — made shortly before his 1988 death — Brake reviews his lifelong quest for “mastery over light”, from an Arthur’s Pass childhood to a fascination with Asia. He recalls time at the National Film Unit and is seen capturing waka huia, Egyptian tombs, and Castlepoint’s beach races (for a new version of book Gift of the Sea).
You’re a New Zealander. You’re part of Asia — why don’t you look at India, China, Japan?– Henri Cartier-Bresson to Brake, introducing him to Asian subjects