The daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, Marti Friedlander was raised in a Jewish orphanage in London. At the age of 14, she received a scholarship and studied at the Camberwell School of Art, where she learned the craft of photography. After leaving school, Friedlander worked for the better part of a decade as an assistant to the fashion photographers Douglas Glass and Gordon Crocker. This apprenticeship meant that by the time she emigrated to New Zealand in 1958, Friedlander was already a technically skilled photographer, and she brought her trained eye to bear on her adopted country with often startling results. Although her photographs were widely published and exhibited, some of Friedlander’s most significant images were taken for books: 1972’s Moko: Maori Tattooing in the 20th Century, with Michael King, brought Friedlander’s work to a wide audience, and the publication of Larks in a Paradise with James McNeish two years later, in 1974, cemented her growing reputation as one of New Zealand’s most recognisable photographic talents. Friedlander continued to take photographs and exhibit for over forty years, documenting the social and cultural landscape of New Zealand. In 1999, Friedlander was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for her services to photography.