Party in Piha


Te Uru • 29 May - 12 Sept

4pm Sat 12 June
10am-4:30pm Tues to Sun
420 Titirangi Rd, Titirangi
Arne Loot

An exhibition of photographs by 97-year-old Titirangi photographer, Arne Loot, which document the legendary full-moon parties that took place in the remote coastal settlement of Piha in the 1950s and 1960s. At a time when bars closed at 6pm, young people from across the city dressed up (or down) and found their own fun on the west coast in an imagined island escape – a DIY Blue Hawaii.

Loot established his own darkroom at the age of 11 in the wardrobe of his parents’ house in Holland. After travelling internationally, he settled in New Zealand in 1952 and initially worked as a portrait photographer, later finding work with Auckland Art Gallery, Peter Webb Galleries, Art New Zealand and the advertising industry.

Arne Loot

Arne Loot

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