Auckland book launch: ‘Te Atatu Me’ by John B Turner & Grant Cole

Te Atatu Me Invitation
Te Atatu Me: photographs of an urban New Zealand village is also available from:
Rim Books    (visit also for info about this publication) 
PhotoForum (as part of the 2015/16  subscription period commencing 1st April 2015)

Related links:
Review – Peter Ireland (EyeContact) 


Book Launch: ‘Wellington Streets’ by Julian Ward

Wellington Streets cover©Julian Ward


Julian Ward’s new book Wellington Streets is being launched at Page Blackie Gallery, 42 Victoria St (opposite the Wellington Central Police Station), on Tuesday November 18th at 5.30pm.  Ans Westra will speak at the launch. There will also be a small exhibition of Julian’s work in the gallery. 

This is Julian’s fourth book and represents his current work on the streets. He envisages it will form part of a boxed series of five books planned for compilation over the next few years, and will include his early landscape and travel work.

Below are a few images from Wellington Streets. Further photographs can be found at


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Page Blackie Gallery
42 Victoria St (opposite  Central Police Station)
Gallery hours: Mon to Fri 10am – 5.30pm, Sat 10am – 4pm
Phone (04) 471 2636 / email

Update: 24 December 2014
Peter Ireland reviews ‘Wellington Streets’ by Julian Ward. Read the full article at





Jenny Gillam & Dieneke Jansen (ed.)

The publication An urban quest for chlorophyll aims to discuss projects that engage with the cultural mediation of nature in an urban context. Architects, designers and town planners all consider the role played by green spaces within the urban terrain, from parks to abstractions such as berms and planters. The design of public urban space always takes this into account. How do these injections of chlorophyll function? If they have no possibility of simulating the rural, why are we compelled to ‘drag the pot-plant into the office’ or more ambitiously grow crops and community gardens in the heart of the city? The increase of urban rooftop gardens, community plots and urban agriculture suggest that becoming green is a high priority for urban planners. with projects such as Live Green, where 30,000 plants were planted in Sydneys’ CBD over the summer 2011, attesting to these growing desires. The publication An urban quest for chlorophyll, profiles four recent creative engagements with these ideas, bringing together a range of practices where notions of urban planting are explored in a New Zealand context.

Edited by Jenny Gillam & Dieneke Jansen, the book includes projects by Tanya Eccleston and Monique Redmond working as the Suburban Floral Association; Amanda Yates, leader of AUT University’s Emergent Ecologies Lab which focuses on urban design, indigeneity and ecology; Gillam & Jansen, artist/academics who co-authored a public photographic work; as well as texts by Lara Strongman, a writer, curator, and art historian based in Christchurch; Kate Linzey, a Wellington-based academic with an interest in the margins between architecture, art and urbanism; and a conversation between Yates and colleagues Andrew Douglas and Sue Gallagher.

Mark Amery, an arts editor, curator, critic, broadcaster and writer with a particular engagement with art in public spaces, provides a foreword.

Rim Books are pleased to celebrate the  Auckland book launch of An urban quest for chlorophyll.
Level 1, School of Art and Design, (WM) building at 40 St Paul St, Wellesley Campus, AUT University. Thursday 27 February 2014,  5.30pm. Publication will be for sale at the discounted cash price of $20.

Lopdell House Gallery: Upcoming exhibition & publication by Mary Macpherson

OLD NEW WORLD by Mary Macpherson
Exhibition 15 June – 5 August 2012
Opening Thursday 14 June, 6pm

Lopdell House Gallery
418 Titirangi Rd, Titirangi, Auckland
Open daily 10am – 4.30pm
(except public holidays & during exhibition installs)
Ph 817 8087

Old New World cover: Queenstown, Otago, 2010, Image © Mary Macpherson. Design: Lesley Smith.


A photographic study of the changing face of small town New Zealand.

With a keen eye for detail and irony, Wellington poet and photographer, Mary Macpherson has spent seven years travelling around the country documenting the changing face of small town New Zealand. This has culminated in an intriguing exhibition of 46 colour photographs along with a significant new book of New Zealand photography, entitled Old New World.

Lopdell House Gallery is proud to be the publishers of Mary’s book and will be touring her exhibition to regional art galleries across the country over the coming years.

The striking colour photographs feature buildings, houses, statues and murals to tell the story of a shift from the remains of the traditional New Zealand of the 1950s and 60s to places of boom and prosperity that look very different to our remembered past. Read the full article (including info on book sales) HERE

Publication info:
June 2012 publication date
ISBN: 978-0-9876597-1-2
29.5cm x 25cm
96 pages
Full colour illustrations
Retail: $50
Introduction and interview by Gregory O’Brien

Article source: Lopdell House Gallery
Visit Mary Macpherson’s Blog
Related link: Auckland Festival of Photography 2012

Listen to Mary Macpherson on Radio New Zealand (Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan) here
New reviews
D-Photo review

Editor’s note: Old New World is also PhotoForum’s feature publication for this current membership year. Details about joining PhotoForum can be found here

Alec Soth, John Gossage and Harvey Benge…

AUT’s annual international photo-art workshop is coming up this week. It should be a good one, the guest photographers being John Gossage and Alec Soth. I can’t deny that I envy those who are going, I do hope that you get heaps out of the opportunity… you lucky lucky people!

All those who are not going to the workshop still get the chance to meet these wonderful photographers at AUT’s St Paul St Gallery, 5.30pm Saturday 17th January.

Harvey Benge, who is the organiser of the workshop, will launch his new book at this time. The book, I LOOK AT YOU, YOU LOOK AT ME, is a pretty original take on the idea of the environmental portrait.

Everybody is welcome at the launch event and there is no admission fee.

Image Credit: Image by Alec Soth from The Last Days of W.