Downtown Christchurch: Photographs by David Cook

4 August – 31 August 1986

Downtown Christchurch is an ongoing photographic project which began in the summer of 1982. Cook wanted to take a second look at his hometown; it was an environment which had become far too familiar to him. The standard postcard presentation of Christchurch is one of a city blossoming from a central Anglican Cathedral, graced by its Avon River and inner city parks, the Antipodean English city. He decided to take a hard-edged humour in picturing the people in the midst of these clichés.

('Downtown Christchurch: Photographs by David Cook', Bulletin, No.46, July/August 1986, p.3)