Shortlisted along with books by Allen Curnow, Dennis McEldowney, Margaret Mahy (with Jill McDonald), and Gordon H Brown, Gregory O’Brien give the thumbs up to Haru Sameshima’s Bold Centuries in his list of five New Zealand classic books worthy of more attention.
‘Bold Centuries (2009) by photographer Haruhiko Sameshima, O’Brien wrote on ‘Unbound’, the New Zealand Book Council’s web page, ‘ is a thought-provoking, fascinating, exemplary publication. Fizzing with visual and intellectual energy, the book asks all sorts of questions while offering all sorts of pleasures to the committed viewer/reader. It is a notable highpoint in Sameshima’s audacious, uncompromising project as both a photographer and the publisher of Rim Books.’
Bold Centuries: A Photographic History Album, was published by the photographer himself, with assistance from Creative New Zealand and also PhotoForum.
As Andy Palmer wrote, ‘Bold Centuries is not merely an artist survey book, nor just a collection of loosely related images; it is a curated exhibition placing the artist in context with his forebears and his contemporaries.’
This remarkable book, packed with a huge variety of images relating to ecotourism, the subject of Sameshima’s university study, also included essays by Kyra Macfarlane, Ingrid Horrocks, John Wilson, Tim Corbalis, Aaron Lister, Damian Skinner, Fiona Amundsen and Claudia Bell.
A pdf showing a few pages from the 196 page book can be seen here.
Copies are still available from Rim Books, www.rimbooks.com at $60 plus post and packaging in NZ.