Whites Aviation was established in 1945 by Leo White and produced an incredible series of illustrated aerial photography.
Leo's lifelong love of photography was sparked as a young boy when he was given a Brownie box camera. He was a photographic contributor to many major New Zealand periodicals - The NZ Herald, The Auckland Star and The Christchurch Weekly Press. He also served as a photographer with the RNZAF during WWII.
White photographed some of the first images of Auckland from the air the 1920s, beginning a love for flying which he combined with his love of photography. He pioneered aerial photography in the region and has become famous for these beautiful images. They were shot in black and white and have been hand coloured.
In the early 1950s, White began shooting photos for a book he published in 1952, Whites Pictorial Reference of New Zealand. The book became a bestseller and encouraged White to take more photographs in various sizes as artworks for New Zealand homes and businesses.
Today the hand tinted photographs captured by Leo White are highly sought after and are a great reference to the history of New Zealand.
These beautiful images are reprinted with the permission of Te Papa who hold the originals in their collection. They are printed on a heavy, professional quality Ilford paper and are A3 size, unframed. They take a few weeks to be ordered in if we are sold out of one, please ask.
*We can get more of these stunning prints, some in different locations. Let us know if you are interested and we can send you all that are available. They will take a few weeks to get printed.