Pictures They Want to Make: Recent Auckland photography, edited by Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling (Photoforum, Auckland, 2013), 176 pp, $60.
Pictures They Want to Make: Recent Auckland photography is not (always) a book of photos of Auckland, nor is it (often) photography by people living in or hailing from the region. What it is, is a showcase of the documentary-art photographs of twelve established and emerging New Zealand photographers who have various ‘associations’ (ranging from the tangential to the obvious) with Tamaki Makaurau. The book takes pains to show us that these photographers ‘make’ rather than ‘take’ pictures, thus pointing to the agency, point of view and artistry of what could erroneously be perceived as pure document or ‘not art’. (Whether or not the value of this point forgives the unwieldiness of that title is another matter …) [Read more…]