The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) has undertaken an ambitious national project to make portraits of over 3,000 remaining Kiwis who served during WWII. Over 100 photographers across the country are volunteering their time and skills to complete the ambitious mission.
Epineha Ratapu, photographed as part of the project by Esther Bunning
The full collection of photographic portraits will be gifted by the NZIPP to the Royal New Zealand RSA to form a digital archive, and each veteran who took part will also be given a printed copy of their portrait, starting in August.
David Moger, RSA Chief Executive, describes the gifting of the images to the RSA as well as to each veteran, as an approach which is reflective of the project’s significance on both a personal and national level.
“Seeing a veteran dressed in their medals, put down their walking sticks and proudly rise to stand unassisted while their portrait is being taken is a hugely powerful moment. This project recognises each individual’s personal service and sacrifice, at the same time as creating an archive of national significance for New Zealand’s generations to come,” says David.
It’s not too late to take part
NZIPP WWII Veteran Portrait Project national coordinator, Terry Hann, says that while most of the photographs were taken at RSAs across the country after Anzac Day, photographers are still making portraits.
“We’ve got seven regional coordinators and over 100 photographers volunteering on this project. We encourage everyone who either served during WWII, or who have a family member who served, to contact one of our regional coordinators,” says Terry.
“Many of our volunteers have a family history of military service and all respect and value the contribution our WWII veterans made to our nation. We’re using our craft to remember and honour them.”
Upcoming WWII veteran studio sessions
Studio sessions are being set up in some regions to capture remaining portraits. You don't need to register to have your photograph taken at one of these sessions. If you have any questions, please contact the regional coordinator for that area.
Thurs 10th July
12:30pm – 2:30pm
RSA, 42 Alfred Street, Blenheim 7201
Fri 11th July
10am – 12pm
Suburban Club, 168 Tahunanui Dr, Tahunanui 7011
Project Regional Coordinators
Northland / Auckland
Waikato / Bay of Plenty
- Laura Ridley
- 027 771 8329
Nelson / Marlborough
Canterbury / Westland
Otago / Southland