A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR
Ann Shelton

Photographs, texture, historical documents and a fictional short story weave a book about a house, in the suburb of Wilton in Wellington, New Zealand.

“I moved in to this house amid stories about its commissioner, a trail-blazing woman and the one responsible for bringing the woodwind instrument, the recorder, to New Zealand. The narrative of her and her architect’s lives struck me as still critical and relevant today as we pull down the metaphorical garage door on refugee access to New Zealand and as we uncover and foreground the unnoticed roles … Continue reading

SELECTIVE EXPOSURE
Limited edition exhibition catalogue

Reflecting back on the last quarter century, so much has changed. Technologies emerged that fundamentally altered the way we do things, the methods by which we gather and disseminate information, how we communicate.  Included is the notable technological restructuring of photography from the analogue film medium to the digital processes that now dominate the industry (Photoshop 1.0 was launched 19 February 1990). Less perceptible, but perhaps more important, are shifts in values attached to things and ideas, like art, education, institutions, their ideologies.

This exhibition samples images from recent projects by photographers … Continue reading

Te Atatu Me: photographs of an urban New Zealand village
John B. Turner. Historical essay by Grant Cole.

PhotoForum Inc, Auckland and Turner PhotoBooks, Auckland/Beijing, 2015.
Produced with the support of Creative New Zealand.

Now available through Rim Books: info@rimbooks.com

Te Atatu Me: photographs of an urban New Zealand village is a personal portrait of West Auckland’s Te Atatu Peninsula by John B. Turner, the noted New Zealand photographer, teacher and editor of PhotoForum.

Recorded over a seven year period from 2005 to 2011, Turner’s documentary photographs celebrate the character and pulse of … Continue reading

F4: in the interval

F4: IN THE INTERVAL

Susan Jowsey
Marcus Williams
Jesse Williams
Mercy Williams

In 2006, after fifteen years of collaborative art practice, Susan Jowsey and Marcus Williams decided to invite their two children, Jesse and Mercy to join their art project, creating the art collective, F4. The body of work selected for this publication, forms part of that seven-year journey; the making of this work became part of their family life. As the project progressed, the family and its dynamics became the conceptual source for the work…

F4 sample page 9

Whilst the name F4 might refers to the family of four, the name is also the term used to describe the size of a lens aperture when it is relatively open, a mechanical way of seeing which allows plenty of light, but only a shallow area of focus, surrounded by a vista that is less well-defined…

For F4, this alludes to a human tendency in perceiving the isolated moment or detail very clearly, but failing to comprehend the singularity within a continuum of significance. Photographs themselves compound this, by locking a moment in time, in a way that no other phenomena can achieve, at least not with such veracity and vivacity. Photography destabilises the natural order of things, allowing us to hold the present in our hand as a print, even as the present eludes us…

F4 sample page 11

The images in this book are not chronological; instead, they are grouped into relationships, positioning the body of work as a whole and in retrospect. This approach to sequencing the images is commensurate with the influence of lives entwined.

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PHOTOFORUM AT 40
Counterculture, Clusters, and Debate in New Zealand

Nina Seja

Rim Books is pleased to announce the release of PhotoForum at 40: Counterculture, Clusters, and Debate in New Zealand by Nina Seja. In this richly illustrated publication, art historian Nina Seja gives an illuminating account of the communities, relationships, and events that have shaped PhotoForum’s first forty years, and charts the development of photographic art in New Zealand during this time.

PhotoForum Inc. is a not-for-profit Society dedicated to the promotion of photography as a means of communication and expression. Acting as an intellectual and … Continue reading

AN URBAN QUEST FOR CHLOROPHYLL

Jenny Gillam
Dieneke Jansen

The publication An urban quest for chlorophyll aims to discuss projects that engage with the cultural mediation of nature in an urban context. Architects, designers and town planners all consider the role played by green spaces within the urban terrain, from parks to abstractions such as berms and planters. The design of public urban space always takes this into account. How do these injections of chlorophyll function? If they have no possibility of simulating the rural, why are we compelled to ‘drag the pot-plant into the … Continue reading

HOLLAND STREET

Sarah Caylor
Ann Shelton

Published on the occasion of the exhibition
Holland Street, by Sarah Caylor and Ann Shelton
Courtenay Place Park Light Boxes
Wellington, New Zealand
15 August – 2 December 2013

Taking as its starting point two nineteenth-century events – London’s cholera outbreak of 1854 and Wellington’s typhoid epidemic of 1890-2 – Holland Street recalls a world where disease was thought to travel through miasma (noxious air) and bacteria were believed to be as real as “Hydras, and Gorgons, and Chimeras Dire”. Holland Street utilises differing visual approaches to map … Continue reading


THINKING IT THROUGH
Tony Watkins
Haruhiko Sameshima

Thinking it through was originally published in Home and Building from 1988 to 1996 when Kirsty Robertson, then editor for “Home and Building” invited Tony Watkins, who had for many years been a contributor to the magazine, to begin a new column called simply, “Thinking it through”. She also invited Haruhiko Sameshima to contribute a photograph for each column. Haru had never met Tony. For each issue Tony sent an article to Haru and Haru replied with a photograph. Tony in turn responded to each photograph with another … Continue reading


COLONIAL GOOSE
Pauline Bern

The idea of making do with what’s available is a fitting analogy for Pauline Bern’s jewellery practice. Bern has always utilised locally sourced materials that are connected to her in some way and worked to transform them into something new. In this instance, a selection of plants from her Devonport garden provided the primary material for the pieces in Colonial Goose.

Colonial Goose harks back to the early pioneering tradition in New Zealand of making do with what’s on hand. Owing to a scarcity of geese, the traditional English Christmas fare of … Continue reading

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