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Behind the passionate eye, Peter Calder

Self-portrait Marti Friedlander with Hugo Manson Auckland University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781869407841 One day we will all be just a photograph, Marti Friedlander tells us in the closing pages of this entertaining and readable memoir. Coming as it does from…
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Janus’s other face, Alan Cocker

Nga Tau ki Muri/Our Future Ans Westra Suite Publishing, $40.00, ISBN 9780473234881 This is a book of photographs, deliberately uncaptioned and accompanied by very few words. A brief introduction by Ans Westra sets out her political intent. Her desire is…
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Moving the world along, Mark Houlahan

These Rough Notes Bill Manhire, Anne Noble, Norman Meehan, Hannah Griffin Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864738318 Selected Poems Bill Manhire Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780864737625 “In the future,” Bill Manhire predicts, while introducing his sweeping 2005 anthology of…
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Stops, detours and explorations, Helen Watson White

Old New World: Photographs by Mary Macpherson Lopdell House Gallery, $50.00, ISBN 9780987659712 Published as PhotoForum issue 81, in collaboration with PhotoForum Inc, ISSN 01110411   In the interview with Gregory O’Brien that prefaces Old New World, a large-format book…
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Into the light, Paul Thompson

Early New Zealand Photography, Images and Essays Angela Wanhalla and Erika Wolf (eds) Otago University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781877578168   I must admit that I don’t usually go around thinking of photographs as “culturally conditioned visual communications systems” but, on…
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The difficult decisive moment, Tom Elliott

I Loved You the Moment I Saw You Peter Black Victoria University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9780864736598   The first pages of Peter Black’s I Loved You the Moment I Saw You struck me with their colourful, contemporary design and fine…
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A fair portrait, Max Oettli

Brian Brake: Lens on the World Athol McCredie (ed) Te Papa Press, $99.99, ISBN 9781877385643   This is a remarkable book, beautifully produced and meticulously researched to give a careful and fair portrait of the one landmark international photographer this…
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Monumental and graphic, Mary Macpherson

Alan Miller: New Zealand Photographs Alan Miller Anglesea House, $70.00, ISBN 9780473157739   In the 21st century New Zealand photography has acquired quite a history, some of which is currently on display in our bookshops. One driver is the photographers…
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Beneath what we see, Max Oettli

Marti Friedlander  Leonard Bell Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869404444 What makes Marti Friedlander’s work such compelling viewing? Her work, even she herself, has taken on an iconic presence in the comfortable confines of our islands. And the photographs she…
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What, where, here, not here, Peter Ireland

Peter Peryer Photographer  Peter Peryer (photographs); Peter Simpson and Peter Peryer (essays) Auckland University Press, $59.99,  ISBN 9781869494178 Room Room Ann Shelton (photographs); Martin Patrick (essay) City Gallery in association with McNamara Gallery, $7.00, ISBN 0958270465 Acerbic old Degas once…
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