Peter Bush – New Zealand’s leading rugby photographer

Peter Bush or “Bushy” is as much a part of rugby in New Zealand as any of the players that he has photographed. He has been capturing the All Blacks since his first assignment as news photographer for the New Zealand Herald in 1949. In the early 1960s, covering rugby became his ruling passion, one that sees him still covering the sport long past retirement age.

His ability to seemingly place himself into the heart of the game has resulted in a wonderful photographic record of the great non-professional era of All Black rugby, fixing in time great iconic moments of the giants of the age: the likes of Meads, Whineray, Clarke, Mourie, Tremain, Going, Kirkpatrick. Bushy became as recognizable to rugby fans as the players themselves, racing up and down the sideline in rugby boots to keep up with the action and to get the great shots.

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Cameras At Hand

29th October, 2012
My first camera, a 120 film Box Brownie was purchased for twelve and sixpence while I was a schoolboy in Auckland way back in 1946. With my treasured camera I recorded some of my fellow workers in the tobacco fields at Riwaka outside Motueka during the summer school holiday break. Somewhere among my thousands of […]
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