James Blencowe Photography

James Rasdell Blencowe was a Rotorua photographer who ran a business in the town between about 1901 and 1938. He mainly took tourist shots which were turned into postcards and photo booklets for tourists. Outside of that he took photographs of the Guides and local Maori, as well some journalistic photographs which were published in the Auckland Weekly News. These included coverage of local visitors as well as tangi and other local events. Another subject, which his included in the Museum’s collection, is Te Wairoa, showing the devastation wrought by the Tarawera eruption. The Museum holds about 160 images by Blencowe, mostly in the form of postcards and prints and mostly tourist in nature. His camera is also in the Museum’s collection. Here is a selection of his photographs.