Brian Brake is one of New Zealand’s most successful photographers. From 1948 to 1955 Brake was a cameraman and director at the National Film Unit. His first short film was Journey for Three, a film about immigrants in New Zealand. Later Brake would go to London to learn about colour cinematography and on his return would shoot colour films for the NFU including Snows of Aorangi which was the first New Zealand film to be nominated for an Oscar©. On leaving the National Film Unit in 1955 Brake went to London to continue his cinematography. This did not work out he later joined the Magnum photo agency and went on to photograph Picasso, Chairman Mao and gain international recognition for his monsoon series.