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Prints and proofs day!

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Big day today picking up the exhibition prints for my show ‘The Long View’ at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, which opens at the end of May. The prints include some 1200 x 841mm numbers that are kind of thrilling – like your life has just been supersized.

Also looked at the first test proofs for the book at that will accompany the show, and received the draft essay from the lovely Greg O’Brien.

One of those days when everything arrives!

                                                                   Victoria St West, Auckland, from The Long View
                                                               (Image copyright Mary Macpherson)




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09/04/2018 at 6:46 pm

Medical Daydreams on the way

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Got my awl and my linen thread with the beeswax, and a miniature proof of my new photographic book Medical Daydreams. Now all I need is a final visit to Spencer the designer to agree the proofs for the inside photos and to get the books printed (small but important detail).

Then my career as a bookbinder will begin – better watch that video again….

Book binding equipment and proof for Medical Daydreams

All set to Daydream

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19/06/2016 at 4:18 pm

New work – ‘of the hills’

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With Photobook New Zealand in mind I’ve started an extract of my of the hills series. The work isn’t complete yet but there’s enough to start a grouping – with all the attendant anxieties as you try out your sweet dreams about what the work’s about and how you fondly imagined a sequence would flow. But editing is where work is made (or unmade) – so onward.

A bonus, one restless 5am dawn, was finally arriving at a title for the series.

of the hills

From ‘ of the hills’, Wellington 2014 (image copyright Mary Macpherson)


of the hills

From ‘of the hills’, Wellington 2014 (image copyright Mary Macpherson)

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31/12/2015 at 2:30 pm

New Zealand’s first Photobook Awards

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We are delighted to announce that Photobook New Zealand and Momento Pro are presenting the first New Zealand Photo Book Of The Year Awards. The Awards have been established to celebrate excellence in self-published and trade published photo books, and to showcase New Zealand photo books to a growing international audience.

There are three categories for the Awards:

Self published photobook

Trade published photobook

People’s choice

Momento Pro are offering cash and credit prizes valued at $10,500. The awards will be presented at the launch of Photobook New Zealand on 11 March at Massey University and will be on display during the Photobook NZ fair.

For more information about the awards visit:

Momento Pro are also the major sponsor of Photobook New Zealand.
Our crowdfunding campaign

As readers of this blog will know we’ve launched our funding campaign on Boosted. A huge thanks to those of you who have already donated.

But to make Photobook New Zealand happen, we really need your support. Please go to to donate – as little or as much as you like – it all helps.

We’ve got a really exciting programme of speakers and panels planned, as well as the opportunity for photographers to display and sell their books. You can also enter the New Zealand Photo Book of the Year Awards.

We’ve happily given our time in getting this far – now we really need you to join the team and help with a donation.

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15/10/2015 at 6:53 am

New Zealand’s first photobook fair

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One of the things I’ve been working hard on over the last few months with a small talented group of photographers, is helping create Photobook New Zealand – New Zealand’s first photobook fair.

Readers of this blog will know that photobooks are a significant art form for photographers to express themselves, equivalent to novels or major films. They’re where photographers learn from fellow artists and are an important means of sharing work with a worldwide audience. Internationally photobooks are celebrated in photobook fairs in major cities with significant rewards for excellent and innovative work.

We’re working to bring together New Zealand’s photographers and independent publishers and showcase their work to a wide audience interested in the arts and attract international attention to New Zealand’s photobooks.

Photobook New Zealand will run from 11- 13 March in Wellington during the NZ Festival’s Writers’ Week when the city is buzzing with cultural activity. We hope a wide range of people will be attracted to the special collection of photobooks from artists and independent publishers, along with inspiring speakers from New Zealand and Australia  talking about their publishing journeys.

It’s New Zealand’s first step into the world of photobook fairs, and a busy ambitious programme to put together (goodbye having a life). We’ve been inviting some exciting speakers and panellists, looking for venues, partners, sponsors and support. Recently we were heartened by the generosity of Massey University’s College of Creative Arts in offering their beautiful arts complex in Tasman St for the event, along with technical assistance. PhotoForum NZ is supporting us by being the umbrella organisation for our event.

Next up will be our Boosted campaign when people can help us make the event fly (yes coming soon to a place near you…). It may be busy and intense but inspiring innovative photobooks are close to my heart so it’s a pretty exciting and energizing activity. If you’d like to register for updates please contact us at


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30/08/2015 at 2:59 pm

Living in images

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Feeling pretty good that after two years (not full time!) I’ve finally got a selection of my major photographic projects since the 1980s up on my website. After plodding through the gruesome work of scanning, cropping and removing dust, then trying to remember what the series was about and when it was done, I felt strangely moved. Was I really alive in the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s, determinedly following the artists who resonated with me (Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, Victor Burgin, Barbara Kruger etc) trying to extend my practice, come rain or shine? Apparently so! Other things such how I was supporting myself, what colour the walls were have receded into darkness – but the work remains. I’m also interested in how what I was then, seems to have flowed through into this year’s series (don’t know if this is reassuring, or something else!). Here’s a picture or two below. The full selection of projects is on my site.

Safe series

pure, pure, pure, pure, pure, pure, pure
(From the Safe series – text and image) Image copyright Mary Macpherson.


Urban Landscapes, Mary Macpherson photography

From the Urban Landscapes series
(Image copyright Mary Macpherson.)

From the Househill series, Mary Macpherosn

Wellington 2014 (new series)
(Image copyright Mary Macpherson.)

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08/02/2015 at 4:00 pm

Just down the road

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Rather to my surprise, a strand of work that’s emerging from my new images is from around my neighborhood. (I’ve always thought of myself as someone who needs to be at least 5 kilometres  away to start seeing things).

Here’s an image that seems to suit the times.

Entrance and Green Party sign in Wellington

Wellington 2014    (Image copyright Mary Macpherson)

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12/09/2014 at 4:19 pm

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