John Rykenberg migrated to New Zealand from Holland in the mid-1950s and established a successful photography business in Albert Street, Central Auckland. Rykenberg Photography has gifted the first instalments of his collection of over one million images, mostly negatives, to Auckland Libraries. The images cover the period from 1958 to 2006 and show Auckland buildings, street scenes and social events such as weddings, christenings, 21st birthdays and Christmas parties.
Rykenberg also worked as a street photographer which involved taking candid photographs of people as they walked down a city street, while at ship departures or in restaurants, followed by an invitation to visit his studio to buy a copy of the picture. Nightclubs and restaurants would often hire these photographers to take photos of patrons as a record of their night out.
Friday 29 September – Sunday 15 October 201744–46 Lorne Street
Central City Library
Auckland, New Zealand