Len Casbolt's Photography: ​From Soft Focus to Sharp Vision

Len Casbolt's Photography: ​From Soft Focus to Sharp Vision

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Lennard Casbolt was a pioneering practitioner of Pictorialism, a photographic style that mirrors the effects of painting through dramatic use of light and composition, and via the evocation of mood. Browse this selection of photographs that conveys the artist's life's work to gain an understanding of his role at the forefront of art photography in post-WWI New Zealand. Trace the effect of modern art practices on Casbolt, as his early painterly style gave way to photographs whose focus is sharper and whose subjects are urban. Experience the development of a long artistic career influenced by dramatic shifts in taste, technique and technology.​

Date
Curated by
Ron Brownson
Location
Upper Grey Gallery, Level 1
Cost
Free entry

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Family group
Family group

Len Casbolt

Production date
1956
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
243 x 198 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/69
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Untitled [Woman on beach]
Untitled [Woman on beach]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1950s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
237 x 188 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/119
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After rain
After rain

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1952
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
351 x 284 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/12
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Untitled [Man with cameras]
Untitled [Man with cameras]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1950s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
365 x 288 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/113
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Untitled [Man and shadow]
Untitled [Man and shadow]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1940s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
309 x 238 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/120
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Untitled [Profile portrait]
Untitled [Profile portrait]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1945-circa 1955
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
200 x 251 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/44
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Untitled [Railway tracks]
Untitled [Railway tracks]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1960s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
169 x 240 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/115
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Untitled [Selwyn Len Davies]
Untitled [Selwyn Len Davies]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1940s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
202 x 153 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/125
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Untitled [Selwyn Len Davies]
Untitled [Selwyn Len Davies]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1940s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
383 x 307 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/30
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Untitled [Smoker]
Untitled [Smoker]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1955-circa 1965
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
356 x 290 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/29
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Looking Back [Selwyn Len Davies]
Looking Back [Selwyn Len Davies]

Len Casbolt

Production date
1937
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
309 x 237 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/130
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Untitled [Farm implement]
Untitled [Farm implement]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1950s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
287 x 303 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/35
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Untitled [Trees and fence]
Untitled [Trees and fence]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1970s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
355 x 284 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/66
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Untitled [Telephone pole]
Untitled [Telephone pole]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1940s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
293 x 238 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/26
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Untitled [Three schoolboys]
Untitled [Three schoolboys]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1940s
Medium
photograph
Size (h x w)
212 x 173 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/51
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Untitled [Wheat]
Untitled [Wheat]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1960s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
295 x 373 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/128
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Untitled [Willows, Avon River]
Untitled [Willows, Avon River]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1940s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
286 x 342 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/6
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Untitled [Railing and shadows]
Untitled [Railing and shadows]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1950s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
158 x 190 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/114
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Blue gums
Blue gums

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1940s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
385 x 311 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/23
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Carnival
Carnival

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1950s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
294 x 245 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/25
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The chorus
The chorus

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1955-circa 1965
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
310 x 254 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/123
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Day dreams
Day dreams

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1935-circa 1945
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
365 x 287 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/31
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Debate
Debate

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1938
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
310 x 224 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/45
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Discontent
Discontent

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1954
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
373 x 300 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/15
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En route
En route

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1950s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
160 x 206 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/127
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Flight
Flight

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1947
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
350 x 288 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/19
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Flower girl
Flower girl

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1945
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
298 x 238 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/126
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Frustration
Frustration

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1955
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
251 x 365 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/27
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The future
The future

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1945-circa 1955
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
307 x 234 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/17
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Gossip
Gossip

Len Casbolt

Production date
1930
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
168 x 233 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/74
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Health and Beauty - High Jinks
Health and Beauty - High Jinks

Len Casbolt

Production date
1940
Medium
bromoil print
Size (h x w)
234 x 311 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/78
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House, Nelson
House, Nelson

Len Casbolt

Production date
1972
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
407 x 506 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/10
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Invocation (Joan Gracie's Grecian Dancers)
Invocation (Joan Gracie's Grecian Dancers)

Len Casbolt

Production date
1943
Medium
bromoil print
Size (h x w)
160 x 240 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/77
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Invocation
Invocation

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1940s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
302 x 231 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/75
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Untitled [Face and flower]
Untitled [Face and flower]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1960s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
156 x 201 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/38
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Noises in the night
Noises in the night

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1965
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
275 x 357 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/62
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Photogram 1 (Dandelion seeds)
Photogram 1 (Dandelion seeds)

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1960s-circa 1970s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
287 x 373 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/67
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Photogram 5
Photogram 5

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1960s-circa 1970s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
285 x 377 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/129
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Playground of the winds (New Brighton Beach)
Playground of the winds (New Brighton Beach)

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1935
Medium
bromoil print
Size (h x w)
261 x 350 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/20
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Sheila II
Sheila II

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1970s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
375 x 280 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/79
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Solitude
Solitude

Len Casbolt

Production date
1951
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
375 x 300 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/53
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Spring
Spring

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1945-circa 1955
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
273 x 331 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/60
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Straight lines and curves
Straight lines and curves

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1955-circa 1965
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
247 x 295 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/57
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The thrower
The thrower

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1940s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
305 x 390 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/11
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White shoes
White shoes

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1975-circa 1985
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
179 x 293 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/39
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Wind woven
Wind woven

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1950s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
283 x 290 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/34
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Construction
Construction

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1955-circa 1965
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
233 x 336 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/55
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Untitled [Speedboat]
Untitled [Speedboat]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1940s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
288 x 241 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/118
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Man and monster (Man and bulldozer)
Man and monster (Man and bulldozer)

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1945-circa 1955
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
290 x 366 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/24
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Perplexed
Perplexed

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1950s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
370 x 297 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/43
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Lines and spots
Lines and spots

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1955-circa 1965
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
357 x 289 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/33
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Life line
Life line

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1955-circa 1965
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
364 x 289 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/13
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Untitled [Three poplars]
Untitled [Three poplars]

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1940s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
230 x 300 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/46
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Story teller
Story teller

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1940s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
300 x 372 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/70
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Deep thinking
Deep thinking

Len Casbolt

Production date
1956
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
245 x 170 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/16
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The chorus
The chorus

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1955-circa 1965
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
305 x 283 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/58
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Sunshine and sand
Sunshine and sand

Len Casbolt

Production date
1934
Medium
bromoil print
Size (h x w)
206 x 286 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/22
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Toward Evening (Red Cliffs)
Toward Evening (Red Cliffs)

Len Casbolt

Production date
1940
Medium
bromoil photograph
Size (h x w)
228 x 297 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/2
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6.15 pm
6.15 pm

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1950
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
255 x 240 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/1
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Long distance
Long distance

Len Casbolt

Production date
circa 1950
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
255 x 344 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/4
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Len Franzman
Len Franzman

Len Casbolt

Production date
late 1950s
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
340 x 270 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/14/41