Renowned Tauranga photographer and history buff Alfread (Alf) Rendell has died.

He died on Friday, aged 102, having spent almost all of his life in Tauranga.

He was well-known chronicling the city's changes through his passions for photography and history.

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He was a regular contributor to the Tauranga City Library Research Collection.

In 2015, with the help of Tauranga Heritage Collections curator Fiona Kean and Legacy Trust, he published a book called Rendell's Tauranga - Historic Tauranga From Above.

It featured the best of hundreds of aerial photos Rendell had taken from the cockpit a Tiger Moth from 1946 to 1959 and made the independent Top 20 book bestsellers list.

Tauranga photographer and historian Alf Rendell in 2015. Photo / File
Tauranga photographer and historian Alf Rendell in 2015. Photo / File

He is survived by his sons Kevyn and Graham and daughters Kay and Susan, and his 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at Tauranga Park, 388 Pyes Pa Rd at 10.30 am on January 4.