Shortlisted for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards in the Illustrated Non-fiction category.
From the sublime to the surreal, the familiar to the forgotten and the 1850s to the present – see New Zealand photography like never before in this unique visual history.
New Zealand Photography Collected illuminates New Zealand’s photographic history, from the earliest nineteenth-century portraits of Māori and local ‘scenic views’ to the latest contemporary art photography. It features more than 350 photographs drawn from the national collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, beautifully reproduced and accompanied by richly informative descriptions.
From the iconic to the previously unpublished, the selection includes outstanding photographs by James Bragge, Leslie Adkin, Spencer Digby, John Pascoe, Brian Brake, Frank Hofmann, Ans Westra, Eric Lee-Johnson, Marti Friedlander, Laurence Aberhart, Ann Shelton, Glenn Jowitt, Anne Noble, Yvonne Todd – and many others.
Author and curator Athol McCredie offers a fresh and compelling narrative that foregrounds photography’s wide-ranging uses across portraiture, landscape, science, documentary photography and art, and contemplates the way it has been collected – both privately and publicly – through time. What emerges is not only an illuminating new history of the photographic medium but also a surprising and powerful portrait of Aotearoa New Zealand – its landscapes, its people and its changing character as a nation.
About the author
Athol McCredie is Curator Photography at Te Papa, where he has worked since 2001. Prior to that he was curator and acting director at Manawatu Art Gallery (now Te Manawa), and he has been involved with photography as researcher, curator and photographer since the 1970s. His publications include Witness to Change (co-authored with Janet Bayly, PhotoForum, 1985), Fields of Golden Daffodils (National Library, 1991) and Brian Brake: Lens on the world (Te Papa Press, 2010).
New Zealand Photography Collected offers some six decades of our life, with a compelling immediacy – there is a magical timelessness about photography which gives the past a vivid presence – made richer here by being arranged as a lively subject and not by cold chronology. In these images we gaze at our ancestors and they gaze back; we share their landscapes and their celebrations, their tragedies and their private memorials.
– Hamish Keith
Author: Athol McCredie Publication date: October 2015 NZ RRP (incl. GST): $99.99 Extent: 368 pages Format: Hardback with linen spine, 305 x 250mm Illustrations: 400+ colour and black-and-white images ISBN: 9780994104144