Mary Macpherson spent seven years traveling New Zealand to photograph change in New Zealand reflected in small towns, recording the old, the derelict, the ready-made symbol and moneyed development. Old New World is a quality hardback with a dust jacket and 62 images across 96 pages. It also features an interview between Mary and noted art writer/curator, Gregory O’Brien.
“I worked on the project for several years – making journeys around the country whenever I could – photographing, and then spending long periods thinking about what I was doing. The photographs feature buildings, houses, statues and murals to tell the story of a shift from the remains of the traditional New Zealand of the 1950s and 60s to places of boom and prosperity that look very different to our remembered past. Within that narrative arc, the work also shows the major social and economic trends I saw – towns painting up the main street to attract custom and celebrate their identity, places that remained resolutely themselves and those that were heading into decline.
I became fascinated with the artworks, promotions and murals that have sprung up and which refer to national or regional history, or slices of New Zealand identity. I wanted to show how we were representing ourselves and how those representations sat in their surroundings.
RIVER/ROAD JOURNEYS THROUGH ECOLOGY David Cook – photographs Wiremu Puke – text Jonty Valentine – design
River/Road takes an intimate look at the environmental, cultural, historical and economic factors that shape the ecology of our immediate environment. The narrative explores regional ecology from a bicultural perspective. The authors trace a journey, following the parallel arteries of the Waikato River and River Road. The emphasis is on being ‘readers’ of the landscape. The authors bring a number of distinct voices to the project
Jonty Valentine the graphic designer, provokes and navigates the reader through a multi-layered account … Continue reading →
THE FRENCH PLACE IN THE BAY OF ISLANDS Essays from Pompallier’s Printery Edited by Kate Martin and Brad Mercer
The building, known today as Pompallier, is New Zealand’s sole surviving pioneer mission printery of any denomination. In 1841 printing presses and plant arrived from France at the Roman Catholic headquarters in Kororareka Russell. This impressive and elegant, two-storied French colonial building was completed in 1842 to house a print workshop and has been a landmark feature of the Bay of Islands ever since. . .
The seemingly disparate subjects presented in this book by authors from such a … Continue reading →
A MAN WALKS OUT OF A BAR… Lucien Rizos: New Zealand Photographs 1979 –1982 Essays by Damian Skinner and Ian Wedde
‘These photographs come from a very specific time in New Zealand history’, says Rizos. ‘The New Zealand I lived through then may feel like a different planet to a younger generation now, people who did not live through the Muldoon era and the trauma of Rogernomics. But there are themes that bind the different periods together. Even though New Zealand may look very different now, I feel it is still fundamentally the same place that it … Continue reading →
THE PASSING WORLD THE PASSAGE OF LIFE: John Hovell and the Art of Kowhaiwhai Damian Skinner
Winner Illustrated Non Fiction – NZ Post Book Award 2011
Kōwhaiwhai, argues John Hovell, is about process, a shorthand summary of the passage of life, and a space within the whare whakairo (decorated meeting house) for the Māori artist to express his wry and droll view of human nature. It is, for coastal Ngāti Porou, an expression of an intimate relationship with the coastal environment and its resources, a lexicon of patterns created in the nineteenth century from close observation of … Continue reading →
This new publication heralds a distinctive and unusual format for an exhibition. The book, Sightseeing is a box set of 90 concertina folding postcards which unpacks to create an innovative touring photography exhibition
Project curator Hanna Scott describes the way in which, “the postcards literally become the exhibition, unsettling the way that we traditionally use postcards to venerate the landscape, because these sites are not typical tourist sites.” She continues, “the project is important because it highlights the way that artists travel and make research. Their images … Continue reading →
BOLD CENTURIES PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY ALBUM Haruhiko Sameshima
With essays by: Kyra Macfarlane, Ingrid Horrocks, John Wilson, Tim Corbalis, Aaron Lister, Damian Skinner, Fiona Amundsen and Claudia Bell
Bold Centuries is an artist’s book by Haruhiko Sameshima – artist/photographer based in Auckland. This collage-like book is made-up of his original photographs together with found historical images and texts, both commissioned and found in history books and the Internet. It serves as an engaging and poetic introduction to Sameshima’s long standing exploration of photography as myth – a skewed tour guide and time machine, taking the reader on a … Continue reading →
EMPIRE Gavin Hipkins Essay by Daniel Palmer, “For Anton Lock, 1893-1971”
Publication launched on the occasion of Gavin Hipkins’ exhibition Second Empire at Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi (14th February-13th April 2008) during the completion of the McCahon residency at French Bay, Auckland (December 2007-February 2008)
RIM BOOKS ISBN 9780473130824 2007 Lopdell House Gallery Hamish McKay Gallery Starkwhite