Nature — Stilled

Stunning photographs of remarkable natural history specimens From the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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By Jane Ussher

Publication date: October 2020
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $70.00
Extent: 364 pages
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-9951136-9-5

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Award-winning photographer Jane Ussher spent several weeks in Te Papa’s natural history collection storage areas shooting this outstanding book, and the result is a true treasure. Stunningly photographed and beautifully designed, its 157 images capture the glory of the insect, fish, mollusc and botanical specimens that represent the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s vast and scientifically important collections.

Te Papa’s expert curators and collections managers have written the short texts about each natural history object, giving concise and unique insights into the fascinating characteristics of each of them.

From photographs of huia and kākāpō to vivid x-rays of fish, gloriously coloured moths and butterflies, unique mosses, and lichens collected in Antarctica, this outstanding book pays tribute to the glories of our natural world.

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Awards

Nature – Stilled was included in the list of the best Antipodean photobooks published in 2020, “Ussher takes what could have been the unpromising subject of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s natural history collection and turned it into an elegant, engaged portrait of all manner of bird, fish and insect life.”

Nature – Stilled is one of four books shortlisted for the Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand Award for Illustrated Non Fiction, “Jane Ussher is one of Aotearoa’s most accomplished photographers and she has clearly approached this project with great respect and enthusiasm for the exhibits which represent our vanishing natural world, and have never been more worthy of our attention.”

About the author

Jane Ussher MNZM is one of New Zealand’s best-known photographers. The staff photographer for the New Zealand Listener for many years, she now has her own photography practice and regularly works for leading magazines and book publishers. Her many books include Coast: A New Zealand Journey (with Bruce Ansley), Worship: A History of New Zealand Church Design (with Bill McKay), The New Zealand Horse (with Deborah Coddington), Face to Face (with Paul Moon), Hillary’s Antarctica (with Nigel Watson), Islands: A New Zealand Journey (with Bruce Ansley) and Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton (with Nigel Watson).

Publication date: October 2020
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $70.00
Extent: 364 pages
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-9951136-9-5

Buy the book here