Posts Tagged ‘Peter Black’
Here’s a review of the Medical Daydreams exhibition, The Shops and other shows at Photospace Gallery.
Peter and I will be talking about the making of our books – The Shops and Medical Daydreams – tonight at the Wellington Photobook Club. The event starts at 6.30pm at Photospace in Courtney Place. All welcome.
The sample proofs for Peter Black and Steve Braunias’s The Shops found their way from China to our house. Happily the reproduction looks excellent. There’s also a wonderful personal essay by Steve that reminds me of some of my favorite long Robert Hass poems.
I love the feeling of an abundance that sets of proofs give – all those images before you and the unbeliveablity (is that a word?) that these sheets of paper will fly up and become a book.
More book excitement in the household.
The Shops, the book that Peter Black is doing with Steve Braunias of Luncheon Sausage Press just went off to China for proofing and printing. The work features 44 of Peter’s colour photographs of shops and a great personal memoir/essay from Steve. This hardback book will be a cracker – just in time for Christmas.
And back today from binding in Petone, was Peter’s beautiful handmade orange book of original prints, Blessed. The work features people crossing the intersection of Queen and Wellesley Streets in Auckland, in the operatic evening light. As well as being an interesting conceptual piece, it throws light on the demographics of Auckland via the main street.
I was pleased to see this review by David Eggleton of Peter Black’s Frozen in Landfall Online:
” In Peter Black’s photo-book Frozen, there’s something voodoo-like or juju-like about its colour photographs taken on the fly, as if Black is a witchdoctor with a camera, engaged in psychic healing, or at least psychic assessment. Henri Cartier-Bresson spoke of the need for a documentary photographer in pursuit of a clinching image to have ‘a velvet hand and a hawk’s eye’. Black is one of the gifted few who have both attributes: he knows how to obtain the maximum effect with artistic finesse. He knows how to render the soul of an image.” Read more
Also good to see the recognition of other photo-books such as those of David Cook and Yvonne Todd.
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.
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)
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.