Image: Takarunga - Mt Victoria, Devonport
"Harking back to the 19th century when artists like Alfred Sharpe and John Kinder were making images of the city-in-progress that would become colonial Auckland, Mary Macpherson’s ‘long view’ of Tāmaki Makaurau is both a product of its times and an imaginative response to the subtropical metropolis.
Her photo-sequence also asks questions of its subject: To what extent does the evolving urban environment reflect the needs, desires and dreams of its population? Do the communities that live and work within the metropolis determine its shape and direction, or is the city the orchestrator and shaper of the lives of its citizens?" - Gregory O'Brien
The Long View questions what Influence the urban environment has on its inhabitants and vice versa. At a time when urban planning needs urgent consideration as millions of people flock into cities this photo series provides a compelling and different look at New Zealand’s biggest city.
Mary Macpherson is a Wellington photographer whose work is represented in many national collections including Te Papa, the Sarjeant Gallery, the Dowse Art Museum, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and others. Her work in the 1980s, including series like Urban Landscapes, was among the first in New Zealand to portray the everyday world using colour in subtle and unexpected ways. She continues this portrayal of New Zealand’s social landscape today.
The Long View will be shown at Photospace Gallery. The Photospace website has more information on Mary and her work.