Leslie Adkin’s warm and gentle photograph of his wife and daughter has become a classic of family photography.
Leslie AdkinAdkin farmed near Levin and was also a self-taught scholar, with interests ranging over geology, archaeology, botany, and Māori history. He applied the same thoroughness and attention to detail when recording his personal life as he did to photographing his other interests. Adkin rarely took a literal snap-shot, even though his family photographs seem to epitomise the snapshot craze that developed from the turn of the century. The composition of this photograph and the way Maud holds the facecloth just out of Nancy’s reach suggest a moment carefully constructed for the camera.