Author: Gregory O'Brien
Publication date: September 2015
Extent: 112 pp
Dimensions: 265 x 235 mm
Photography was invented the year before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Within a few years, cameras were charting the life and times of people at this end of the planet. See What I Can See is a celebration of the camera – the New Zealand that it captured, and the artists who wielded it.
See What I Can See is an introduction to New Zealand photography that will appeal to young and curious photographers, students of New Zealand art history, or anyone who wants to sample the extraordinary range of images made in this country by our photographers.
It is a book about darkness and light, about careful planning and doing things on the spur of the moment, about the quickness of digital photography and the slowness of old technology. It’s a woman driving a tractor and a kid in a Colgate tube, a rock at Ngauruhoe and a Wahine survivor on a cart, it’s surfies and selfies and cabbages the size of kings.