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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 art of display, Paul Thompson

Exhibiting Maori: A History of Colonial Cultures of Display Conal McCarthy Te Papa Press, $69.95, ISBN 9781877385339 Mana taonga mana tangata. Exhibiting Maori is primarily an academic book. Originally published by Berg, an imprint of Oxford International Publishers, its style…
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Heavy light industry, Paul Thompson

Domestic Architecture (1974-2005) Laurence Aberhart McNamara Gallery, $49.95, ISBN 0958243085 Light Wine Things Bill Culbert Dunedin Public Art Gallery, $29.95, ISBN 0908910444 Figure in the New Zealand Landscape Victoria Ginn OTS Publications, $39.95, ISBN 04760160X The Terrible Boredom of Paradise…
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Down by the river, Paul Thompson

Te Awa: Partington’s photographs of Whanganui Maori W H T Partington Godwit, $39.95, ISBN 1869620992 In the introduction to Te Awa, a book of photographs of Whanganui River Maori taken by William Henry Thomas Partington at the start of the…
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Volunteer photographers abroad, Paul Thompson

New Zealand Abroad – The story of VSA’s work in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Trevor Richards, Jeremy Rose, Margot Schwass (photographs: Bruce Connew, Nicola Dove, Bryn Evans, David Gurr, Gil Hanly, Louise Hyatt, Glenn Jowitt, Terry O’Connor) Bridget Williams…
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Popular parlance, Peter Ireland

New Zealand: a century of images  Paul Thompson Te Papa Press, $49.95, ISBN 0 909010 45 5 There is sometimes a phrase, a picture or a juxtaposition of both in a book that inadvertently clarifies its nature more than any…
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