Marti Friedlander: 'At this time of your life, everything is courage'

In 1970 Friedlander spent two weeks travelling through the rural North Island with Michael King taking photos of kuia for a book about moko. She has been thinking about those women more than ever recently.

"Being that age myself, there are little vanities you don't realise. Having hairs taken off your chin.

"When I photographed the moko women I adored them. It never dawned on me that they were old. I just saw them as the most beautiful women. We didn't have the same language, but they were beautiful. We laughed. And now I'm that age."