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<EM>Central School orchestra</EM>, photographer unknown

Curator Athol McCredie examines the details of this group portrait


Central School orchestra, photographer unknown
<P>This recording was created for Te Papa’s in-gallery audio tour.</P> <P>Transcript:</P> <P><STRONG>Athol McCredie</STRONG></P> <P>Fitting an entire school orchestra, complete with instruments, into a small photographic studio is an ambitious undertaking. Creating a perfect image of everyone in such circumstances would be nearly impossible.</P> <P>This photographer has come very close to success, however. Nearly the whole group looks alert and present &#8211; even the small terrier among the string players is well posed.</P> <P>Aside from the odd fixed smile or gawky expression, it’s a portrait of group cohesion.</P> <P>Really, the only visible sign of discomfort is the fair-headed boy at the far right, who appears crushed against the wall. To the left, the girl cellist has fidgeted during the exposure and her face appears blurred.</P> <P>All in all, though, it’s an admirable outcome, given what must have been a very difficult assignment.</P> <P><EM>The next track is on the wall in the corner behind you.</EM></P>

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Central School orchestra

Unknown, Central School orchestra, circa 1925, black and white negative,
F B Butler/Crown Studios Collection. Gift of Frederick B Butler, 1971.
Full object info is available on collections.tepapa.govt.nz