Old New World


Photographs by Mary Macpherson

Change in New Zealand society, seen in small towns throughout the North and
South Islands, is the subject of Mary Macpherson’s Old New World photographic
book and touring exhibition.

The in-depth study by Wellington-based photographer Mary Macpherson
took seven years of travel around New Zealand to create. Lopdell House Gallery
in Auckland has published the 96 page hardback book. It will be launched on 14
June 2012 with an exhibition of over 40 images of Macpherson’s work to
coincide with the Auckland Festival of Photography.

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.

“Within that major story arc, I wanted to show the major social and
economic trends I saw over the seven years – towns painting up the main street
to attract custom and celebrate their identity, places that remained resolutely
themselves and those that were heading into decline,” – Mary Macpherson.
The photographs cover a wide range of places in the North and South Islands.

Listen to an interveiw with Mary here

Visit Mary's blog here


ISBN: 9780987659712
Hardback, 96 pages
Dimensions: 300mm x 250mm
Publication date: 2012
Publisher: Lopdell House Gallery



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