LAURENCE ABERHART has been at the forefront of New Zealand photography since the late 1970s, and is recognised as a major international figure. Like the paintings of Colin McCahon-an artist with whom Aberhart is frequently paired-his photographs are a sustained meditation on time, place and cultural history. They are also virtuoso pieces of photographic craft. This book is a landmark in New Zealand art publishing. In a definitive overview of Laurence Aberhart's work to date, 235 full-page reproductions of iconic photographs of churches, marae, cemeteries, Masonic Lodges and other subjects are accompanied by illuminating essays by leading New Zealand art writers Gregory O'Brien and Justin Paton. O'Brien pursues the motif of the horizon through Aberhart's work, considering the many journeys that his career encompasses and the shelters and structures seen along the way, while Paton focuses on the human presences that quietly animate Aberhart's extraordinary body of work .
Commended for BPANZ Book Design Awards: Illustrated Book 2008. Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Illustrative Category 2008.
"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"
LAURENCE ABERHART was born in Nelson in 1949, and since 1983 has lived and worked in Russell, Bay of Islands. He has been at the forefront of New Zealand photography since the late 1970s, and is recognised as a major international figure. His photographs have been exhibited widely in New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere, and significant holdings of his work are to be found in public galleries on both sides of the Tasman. A solo exhibition was held at the Stedelijik Museum Amsterdam in 2002, and a survey of his work was shown at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia, in 2005. The major retrospective which this book accompanies opened at City Gallery Wellington on 12 May 2007, before touring to Dunedin Public Art Gallery and other destinations. GREGORY O'BRIEN is primarily a poet and painter, and is also a Curator at City Gallery Wellington and the author of or a contributor to many landmark art books, including Lands and Deeds, Hotere-Out the Black Window, Rosalie Gascoigne-Plain Air, Parihaka-The Art of Passive Resistance and Welcome to the South Seas-Contemporary New Zealand Art for Young People. His book-length essay News of the Swimmer Reaches Shore has just been published. JUSTIN PATON is one of New Zealand's leading art writers and essayists, and is currently Curator of Contemporary Art at Dunedin Public Art Gallery. In the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, his book How to Look at a Painting (Awa Press) won the Leisure and Lifestyle category, and Jeffrey Harris (DPAG/VUP) was shortlisted in the Visual Art category. Among his recent exhibitions are World's Edge, Shadowplay and Tall Tales and History Lessons: Contemporary New Zealand Art from the Nineteenth Century, all of which have included photographs by Laurence Aberhart. His essay 'Black Box' appears in the catalogue The Interior: Laurence Aberhart, McNamara Gallery Photography, 2003.