Anastasia Photo is pleased to announce two exhibitions of All Blacks rugby images by iconic New Zealand photographer Peter Bush CNZM, QSM. MANA is on view at Anastasia Photo in New York, September 19 – November 30, 2019. An additional exhibit in collaboration with Adidas will be on view in Adidas’ gallery space in Shibuya, Tokyo, October 22 – November 5, 2019.
Drawing upon the Māori concept of mana, the exhibition surveys the All Blacks, New Zealand’s male rugby union team and the most successful international sporting team of all time, maintaining a 77%-win rate since their formation in 1903. The exhibition will include audio and video clips of the photographer addressing some of his favorite images in the exhibition, as well as his personal views of some of his most memorable rugby moments.
In Māori culture, mana is honor. To have mana is to have great authority, presence or prestige. It is respect.
Peter Bush photographed his first rugby union test match in 1949 for the New Zealand Herald. Over the course of six decades, Bush photographed hundreds of matches both in New Zealand and overseas. No other photographer has had such privileged access to the All Blacks, matching their strides on and off the field. In the days before digital content was available to the world-at-large, Bush’s images were some of the first photographs seen by local fans of far-off matches.
Bush’s iconic photographs include those of All Black legends: Sir Colin Meads, Ian Kirkpatrick, Graham Mourie, Jonah Lomu and Dan Carter. His work also charts historic time periods and farcical weather conditions – from Apartheid South Africa and 1970s Northern Ireland, to the highly controversial 1981 Springboks tour of New Zealand and the infamous “Mud Men” match.
Bush captures the All Blacks’ tenacity, team dynamic and sheer athleticism that has led to their unprecedented dominance on the international field. He vividly demonstrates why the All Blacks are regarded as men of mana. And as the man who has spent a career photographing them, this is a mantle Bush too deserves.