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New world old uses

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Reading the recent piece in The Spinoff about the looming effects of Queenstown’s tourist boom made me think of this photograph from my book Old New World.

Limited numbers of the book are available from Rim Books and Photospace Gallery.

Moa sculpture Queenstown

Queenstown, Otage, 2010 (sculpture by Robin Coleman)



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14/12/2016 at 12:38 pm

Old New World and an old problem

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Nice to see this writing about Old New World from South Australian photographer Gary Sauer-Thompson on his Thought Factory site.

Also interesting to read his comparison of critical writing about the visual arts and photography – or the lack thereof – in Wellington and Adelaide. The need for such writing and reviews was one of the things that came through in last year’s PhotoForum survey – I guess some things don’t change…

Foxton Old New World

Foxton, Manawatu-Whanganui, 2010. From Old New World. (Image copyright Mary Macpherson)


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19/12/2015 at 3:45 pm

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Connections through Te Papa show

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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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13/11/2015 at 11:39 am

Old New World talk at the Ashburton Art Gallery

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Old New World had its latest outing at the Ashburton Art Gallery in mid Canterbury. I went down and did a conversation about the work with Shirin Khosraviani, the Gallery Director/Curator. It was great to have the work in an region where several of the pictures were taken and to talk about the work with people from the area.

Talk about Old New World

Talking about Old New World at the Ashburton Art Gallery.

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09/10/2013 at 8:48 pm

Old New World in Oamaru

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The kind people at the Forrester Gallery in Oamaru sent me these photographs of my Old New World exhibition.

Old New World, Forrester Gallery

View of Old New World exhibition at the Forrester Gallery Oamaru

Old New World Forrester Gallery Oamaru

Second exhibition view of Old New World

Forrester poster


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20/07/2013 at 2:47 pm

Showing at the Sarjeant

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Here are some images of Old New World at the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui. I particularly love the orange entrance wall.

entrance to Old New World

The entrance to Old New World at the Sarjeant Gallery

Sarjeant ONW wall

Sarjeant OWN wall 2



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19/12/2012 at 1:14 pm

Review of Old New World

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Here’s a thoughtful review of Old World by Helen Watson White that appeared in New Zealand Books, Spring 2012.

(Thanks to NZ Books for permission to reproduce)

For more information and reviews about Old New World click here.

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04/09/2012 at 6:24 pm

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