Pictures They Want to Make – Recent Auckland Photography
by Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling, with a foreword by Ron Brownson
Hardback, 176pages, 270 x 295mm, with over 100 full colour reproductions.
Described by ArtNews New Zealand as “a timely celebration of the strength of New Zealand photography”, Pictures They Want to Make presents a selection of works by twelve contemporary photographic artists, and examines the various ways in which their images are created, and the motivations that drive them. Each of the artists has a connection to the Auckland region; some of the photographs capture aspects of that region’s culture and landscape, while others testify to the mobility and ambition of the artists—their familiarity with other places and people. Most of all, they are personal statements; they are about how the artists see the world, and how they choose to make pictures - the pictures they want to make.
Included in the book are some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed photographers, as well as a number of exciting emerging artists. For each artist there is a full page introductory essay followed by representative examples of their work, while an extended introduction establishes the case for looking beyond the more easily recognisable aspects of subject matter to the different effects and feelings of the images themselves. The writing style is refreshingly accessible and jargon free, while the large format and superb reproductions allow readers to fully appreciate the photographs as pictures.
Mark Adams, Edith Amituanai, Fiona Amundsen, Harvey Benge, Bruce Connew,
Chris Corson-Scott, Ngahuia Harrison, Derek Henderson, Ian Macdonald,
Haruhiko Sameshima, Geoffrey H. Short, Talia Smith.
About the authors:
Edward Hanfling is an art historian, critic and curator who lives in Auckland and teaches at Wintec’s School of Media Arts in Hamilton. With Alan Wright, he wrote Mrkusich: The Art of Transformation (Auckland University Press, 2009). He is editor of the Journal of New Zealand Art History, and contributes regularly to Art New Zealand.
Chris Corson-Scott is an artist who lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.
Ron Brownson is Senior Curator New Zealand & Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.