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From John Edmonds

"FarNorthPhoto was set-up in 2006 to handle not only my photo work but also my family photos. These family photos were originally taken by my grandfather Richard Northwood and his two brothers starting in 1890's and finishing in the mid 1940's. Since then these photos have been in the hands of strangers, no longer controlled by the family, and they have not been readily available to the public. They are in private collections and in several New Zealand museums.


Recently my family negotiated the return of digital copies from the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. These digital copies are from the original glass plates the family had in storage which were sent to the museum for safe keeping in 1960's. At the same time I have been hunting down Northwood photo prints and original glass plates from various other sources and people. The Northwood Collection has at present over 1200 photos in it.


Using modern computer techniques and my Northwood photographic eye I have managed to restore over 300 Northwood photos.  A local historian was engaged to track down information on these photos by interviewing local residents, talking with people in rest homes, and even from responses at displays of these photos at local venues. A computer database was created so that names and information could be matched to individual photos.


I am passionate about my family photos and I hope that by looking through the online Northwood Collection you will also gain some measure of this from these unique photos."