The fascinating and mischievous life of photographer
By Virginia Winder, Taranaki Daily News/Stuff, June 28, 2019
Rob Tucker is like the Forrest Gump of New Zealand photography.
Since 1967, the New Plymouth man has found himself looking through a lens at some of the most significant moments in New Zealand history.
On a bright winter’s day in his Fitzroy home office, stories flow from Tucker in a torrent. “Did I tell you about the time… hey, you’ll love this one… when I was at the Auckland Star… you won’t believe this… I forgot to tell you about the Queen…”
And we’re riveted, the photographer and I, me writing so fast and for so long my hand aches. Tucker gallops through his life at high speed, like the horses he photographed in his first published book, The Thrill of the Chase: Celebrating Hunting with Harrier Hounds in New Zealand.
Since 2003 he has published 24 photography books, many in his Images of a Nation – A Journey of the Heart series. He’s pottering on the seventh edition of the Taranaki book, which has sold 23,000 copies.
He’s snapped countless news, sports, fashion, people and landscape photos, each one a story, some so controversial they’ve never been published and are hidden away as an “insurance policy” of sorts.