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Featherston (from Urban Landscapes) Mary Macpherson

Featherston 1980s (from Urban Landscapes) Mary Macpherson

One of nice things about having one of my mid 1980s Urban Landscapes in Te Papa’s major New Zealand Photography Collected show (aside from being in the show) is the opportunity to see the work in the context of the time and to make my own connections with the series I’ve made over the last 10 or so years.

The Urban Landscapes were a response to the excitement of seeing the books by photographers like Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld and the New Colour volumes from the States when they first appeared in the 80s. This work gave a kind of permission to approach the prosaic and everyday with visual excitement and make it a site of investigation into the culture. These motivations have continued to wind their way through the work I’m still doing. For example in the early ‘aughts’ I spent seven years photographing the changing futures of New Zealand in small towns – series called Old New World.

Te Teko, Bay of Plenty, from the Old New World series. Mary Macpherson

Te Teko, Bay of Plenty 2008 (from Old New World). Mary Macpherson

To highlight this connection, Photospace Gallery in Wellington, has some of my Old New World prints their current stock show.

Also on show at Te Papa are several works by Peter Black including this image from the cover of his book I loved you the moment i saw you (VUP 2010)

From 'I loved you the moment i saw you', Peter Black

From ‘I loved you the moment i saw you’, Peter Black

Photospace gallery is also showing work from Peter’s Outskirts series, while another of Peter’s Outskirts images can be found in the Te Papa exhibition.

 

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Written by Mary Macpherson

13/11/2015 at 11:39 am

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