Author(s): Leonard Bell; Marti Friedlander
From journeys through various countries to New Zealand's transformation in the last half century, this is a riveting and comprehensive look at the work of photographer Marti Friedlander. Showing how this distinguished artist has not only recorded the places, events, and personalities of recent history, this engaging study also demonstrates how she brings subjectivity, empathy, and a distinctive eye to her subjects. From her arrival in New Zealand as a Jewish immigrant from England in 1958, this biography proves how her photographs�whether of artists, writers, protests, or street scenes�have consistently drawn out the key human dynamics of conflict, ambivalence, anger, and warmth. Beautifully illustrated amidst a world of throwaway images, this monograph provides evidence of how a sustained, inquiring, and attentive perspective for both the photographer and viewers can lead to new truths.
Commended for PANZ Book Design Awards: Illustrated Book 2010. Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Book Awards: Illustrated Non-Fiction 2010.
Leonard Bell is professor of Art History at The University of Auckland and the author of Colonial Constructs (AUP) and The Maori in European Art (Reed), both of which sold 5,000 copies. His research and writing has been published in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, the USA, Germany and the Czech Republic. He has held fellowships at the National Gallery of American Art, Washington DC, and at the Yale Center for British Art; he was the Daphne Mayo Visiting Professor, University of Queensland in 2005.