The outsider white man who gained access to the reclusive Maori and the culture behind their tattoos.
Through one incredible journey this doc immerses us in the Maori world in a way very few ethnographic explorations manage. In the 60s Allan, a young photographer, traveled through Aotearoa, obsessed with preserving the image of the moko, a Maori tattoo put on the chins of the Kuia women. Uncovering this breathtaking collections of photographs and his memories, the wisdom and beauty of an ancient culture is uniquely captured.
As Baldwin was once told by a Maori lady, "you know last time I had my photo taken my Moko faded". Baldwin's perseverance makes sure that Maori Moko wont "fade".This beautifully observed documentary examines an extraordinary spiritual society and a sensitive artist, asking powerful questions about the balance between maintaining tradition and following modernity.