Len Wesney, Baptism, Christchurch, 1972. The Active Eye, 1975. Plate 99.

 

Len Wesney, photographer, 1946 – 2017

We note with great sadness the recent death of Len Wesney in a house fire in Christchurch.

Len’s work appeared in issue 20 of Photo-Forum magazine in 1974, and he was a tutor for a PhotoForum summer workshop in Wellington in 1976.

His wonderful picture Baptism, Christchurch, 1972 was one of three pieces included in the 1975 touring exhibition The Active Eye and we were pleased to include it in the recent history of PhotoForum, PhotoForum at 40 by Nina Seja (Rim Books 2014).

Athol McCredie, curator of photography at Te Papa has written a moving and informative tribute to Len and his work on the Te Papa website:
http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2017/08/17/len-wesney-photographer-1946-2017/

Len Wesney, photographer (1946–2017)

Another detailed obituary, by Maddison Northcott, appears on the Stuff website
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/96084337/life-story-inquisitive-photographer-leonard-wesney-marched-to-his-own-drum

Geoffrey H. Short
PhotoForum Director
04/09/2017