"It's a fusion of art & high-tech & Latham is a Master Photographer"
- Art Critic Larry Jenkins, September 2004
New Zealand may be small on the map, but these islands pack more variety & grandeur into every corner than anywhere else. But with our small land mass surrounded by ocean, that means one thing - rapidly changing weather & plenty of liquid sunshine! Those rare moments when all the elements collide are like a visual symphony, but the light might last just a few seconds. It's all about the light.
Back in the late 80’s, I dreamt of being a landscape photographer & absorbed every photo magazine from cover to cover, then snapped away with my Canon T70, which was quite flash at the time! Mobile phones were expensive bricks & who had heard of Apple, wasn’t that a fruit?
My first road trip of the south island was in early 1988, my sister was home on holiday & we did a two week "tiki tour". I was constantly stopping to take photos, Anne (sis) was forever yelling “Peter, hurry up”! Envying all the cyclists taking it quietly, I reckoned that was the way to go, so the next year I did. A second job washing dishes at weekends funded a new Bronica 645 120 film camera (I could have bought a section on Waiheke for the same amount back then!) But I was hooked, read all about my bike tour, published in NZ Adventure.
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In 1991 I joined the high seas as a cruise ship photographer & was fortunate to travel to & photograph many of the world's great treasures. But an exhibition by american landscape photographer Christopher Burkett that I stumbled upon in Alaska one year, left a lasting impression. Never before had I seen such poetic photography.
So in 2003 & after 17 different ships, I returned home to N.Z., determined not to shoot another portrait or wedding, ever again! I purchased a large format printer, experimented with printing images onto canvas & established relationships with a few art galleries, who began to sell my work. These days, classic photographs are highly sought after & whilst a minority still debate whether photography is art, vast sums are paid for prized works. But it remains a challenging market & the art world is very fickle...
My work is held in collections around the world, including the family of Hasselblad, the famous Swedish camera manufacturer (they fell for "Ice Arch" in my acrylic frame). I'm also very proud of my recent work at Auckland International Airport. Not only did these twenty installations set new benchmarks for their extreme size & detail, but they showcase our landscape to millions of travellers each year - view their slideshow here.
Other corporate clients include TVNZ, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Ministry of Primary Industries, Frucor, Glaxo Smith Kline, Southern Cross, Starship & Ascot Hospitals, Rydges Hotel, NZ Steel, Icebreaker, Vector Arena, Metlife Care, Masonic & Settlers retirement villages, plus many more...
My shoots are planned at different times of the year to suit specific conditions & weather patterns, sometimes years in advance. Not only is this my job, but it's also my passion. I work very hard, strive to be original & capture iconic images that will stand the test of time.
Thanks for your visit!