Hidden Light: Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography

Ken Hall with Haruhiko Sameshima
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ISBN: 978-1-877375-56-9

Soft cover with French flaps

"Photography has broken out like an epidemic among us. Quite unknown in the place a year ago … Canterbury will now be able to look itself straight in the face.”

– Lyttelton Times, 6 May 1857

In uncovering the remarkable, largely unseen work of early New Zealand photographers, Hidden Light: Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography is an exploration of an often overlooked aspect of our artistic past. This publication highlights the sometimes unsettling stories of photographers at work in nineteenth-century Te Waipounamu.

Spectacular landscapes by skilled amateurs and professionals join powerful images of tangata whenua, settlers and mining scenes. The stories and work of several little-known pioneering women photographers are also given new attention.

Published with the assistance of the Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery.

Author: Ken Hall with Haruhiko Sameshima

Pages: 144

Dimensions: 245 x 245mm


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