Max Oettli

BSA, High St, Auckland

BSA, High St, Auckland by Max Oettli

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BSA, Auckland 1969 is an image of a man riding a large 750cc Birmingham Small Arms motorcycle. This image is a local affirmation of the maverick bike rider identity that is so well celebrated in Marlon Brando’s film The Wild Ones (which was then banned for screening in New Zealand). With his long hair, leather jacket, American blue jeans and bandaged left hand the man is the epitome of an urban outsider. By taking a bird’s eye view onto this man riding in the rain, the photographer creates a portrait of young adulthood which is essentially an atypically positive view of a stylishly quaffed and attired New Zealand bodgie of the period.

Title
BSA, High St, Auckland
Artist/creator
Production date
1974
Medium
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
249 x 345 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2014
Accession no
2014/38/2
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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