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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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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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Hinterlands, Mary Macpherson

Fiat Lux: 51 Photographs Andrew Ross Victoria University Press, $50.00,  ISBN 9780864735737 Hinterland: Rick Alexander’s New Zealand Photographs Rick Alexander First Edition, $75.00, ISBN 9780475123703 A Short History of Photography Harvey Benge with Gerry Badger Godwit, $44.99, ISBN 9781869621445 Even…
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Evidence of the strange and new, Mary Macpherson

George D Valentine: A 19th Century Photographer in New Zealand Ken Hall Craig Potton Publishing, $49.95, ISBN 1877333123 Travel to new places, whether as regular tourist or long-term visitor, carries with it a powerful urge to record and share the…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Photography, Review

Poem — Mary Macpherson

Simple   I don’t like this loyalty card my name and number stamped on orange flowers offers for forks and gloves and trowels and guilt about not knowing how to live a life with offers. I scowl and stare at…
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Taking poetry for a walk, John Allison

Millionaire’s Shortbread  Mary-Jane Duffy, Mary Cresswell, Mary Macpherson, Kerry Hines University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 187727643X Len & other poems Jo Thorpe Steele Roberts, $$19.95, ISBN 187722894X Soundings Cilla McQueen University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877276383 I once…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Poem — Mary Macpherson

Chiaroscuro (for Terry)   It’s clear how quickly darkness swims up the gums – there’s light and shadow, then the silver trunks and tossed heads are gone. Bats call in darkness. I’ve seen this in Auckland too – a city…
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More epic than lyric, Mary Macpherson

Earth Colours: Selected Poems L E Scott HeadworX, $24.95, ISBN 0473068036 Declamatory and full of urgent desire to thrust the reader into different realities, L E Scott’s poems stride across big subjects. Earth Colours reflects 30 years of Scott’s poems…
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