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304 Pages, 11 1/2 x 9 1/2

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $80.00 (US $80.00) (CA $88.00)

Publication Date: April 2008

ISBN 9780864735560

Rights: WOR X NZ

Victoria University Press (Apr 2008)

Price: $80.00


The exhibition catalog for a retrospective that opened at the City Gallery Wellington in 2007, this collection is an overview of Aberhart’s work to date and includes his iconic photographs of churches, marae, cemeteries, and Masonic lodges—photographs that are a sustained meditation on time, place, and cultural history. Motifs explored in the accompanying essays include the horizon and the human presences that quietly animate this extraordinary body of work.


"This is a great and beautiful book, as good as any art book gets." —Sunday Star Times

"A stunning volume, undoubtedly a quintessential book on New Zealand photography." —The Lumière Reader

"The essays are an absolute pleasure to read, shedding light—and levity—on Aberhart's oeuvre and tracing his visual and geographical journey's throughout New Zealand. . . . This is sure to be snapped up as one of the best books on a New Zealand photographer to come out in recent times." —ArtNews New Zealand

Author Biography

Laurence Aberhart is a photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Stedelijik Museum in Amsterdam, the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, and the City Gallery Wellington. Gregory O'Brien is a poet, a painter, and a curator at City Gallery Wellington. He is the author of many art books, including Hotere: Out the Black Window, Lands and Deeds, Parihaka: The Art of Passive Resistance, Rosalie Gascoigne: Plain Air,and Welcome to the South Seas: Contemporary New Zealand Art for Young People. Justin Paton is a curator at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the author of Jeffrey Harris and How to Look at a Painting.