‘Seeing unexpected things in the lens is what I was about.’
From a childhood in London’s East End to half a century in New Zealand photographing wine-makers, artists, children and kuia, Marti Friedlander has lived a rich life – one defined by the art of looking. In Self-Portrait, Marti tells her story for the first time. As forthright and revealing in words as in her photographs, she tells of growing up in London orphanages, being Jewish, working in a Kensington photography studio, marrying a New Zealander and moving across the world to a challenging new country. Here she began to photograph the ordinary and the extraordinary, protests and politicians, balloons and beaches – capturing on film the transformation of New Zealand life over more than fifty years. This book is a rich meditation on one woman’s photographic journey through the twentieth century.
The book is written as though in conversation (and it was largely taken from her interview with Hugo Manson) giving it an immediacy.
ISBN: 978 1 86940 784 1, Published by Auckland University Press, $59.99 plus P&P.