Unique Perspectives: New Photography Books

Intimate portraits, engrossing landscapes and captivating artistry; these new release photography books cover a wide array of subjects with precision, skillful techniques and an aesthetic eye for detail. For some serene beauty dive into the nature photography titles, where artists have captured the limitless beauty of Earth and all its creatures. Then be taken aback by the documentarians perspectives of how the Covid-19 pandemic evolved and caused chaos around the globe. Enjoy the visual journey these photographers have created of the ordinary – yet utterly extraordinary – world around us.

Nature boy : the photography of Olaf Petersen / Petersen, Olaf
“Olaf Petersen is one of New Zealand’s finest nature photographers, documenting our country’s landscape and its people. Nature Boy features 60 extraordinary images; from the birds, sea, trees and wind-rippled sand on Auckland’s west coast beaches, to the flora and fauna from the far north to Stewart Island.” (Catalogue)


Art in motion : riding the Paris metro / Pigeat, Anaël
“A rich history and moving look at the accessible, immersive art embedded in the Paris subway system. The walls of the Paris Métro, adorned with works by French and foreign artists, have punctuated the underground travels of Parisians and tourists for over a century. With a contemporary perspective by photographer Philippe Garcia, the book captures the works in their environment and shows us how each creation carries its own relationship to the underground.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

How to photograph people / Fordham, Demetrius
“Portraiture is one of the most popular genres in photography, but it can also be one of the most daunting to undertake, especially when you’re just starting out. In this comprehensive guide, Demetrius Fordham shares his real-life experiences to impart the tips, tricks and knowledge that will let you take your own amazing images of people.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


Wildlife photographer of the year. Portfolio 31
“This commemorative portfolio displays the full gallery of all 100 pictures awarded in the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. It also tells the stories of how they were created and what they reveal about the subjects depicted. Representing the work of photographers from 30 countries, they illustrate both the beauty and the drama of the natural world and our so-often conflicted relationship with it.” (Catalogue)

The year that changed our world : with 417 photographs
“With more than 400 photographs, this ambitious publication traces the arc of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Active in more than 150 countries, the photographers of Agence France Presse have captured all angles of the Covid-19 story. A definitive visual document of humankind’s resilience in the face of the pandemic and the perfect way of understanding the world during the time of Covid-19.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


Bliss : beaches / Kaplan, Randall
“Soak up the serene beauty and magnificent diversity of the world’s beaches through the inspiring photography of Randall Kaplan. Bursting with color and striking perspectives, this essential collection will bring readers a newfound appreciation for the awe-inspiring landscapes. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Upcoming interview with photographer Professor Anne Noble

Professor Anne Noble
Anne in beesuit (All photographs are Copyrighted by Anne Noble and Massey University press and are reproduced with kind permission.)

Professor Anne Noble is one of the most highly regarded and acclaimed art photographers and conceptual artists working in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

Professor Noble’s photographic and conceptual works have gained her a major international reputation. Her work has been exhibited globally and is held in numerous national and international collections.

In 2003 Professor Noble was awarded the Order of Merit for services to photography in New Zealand. In 2009 she received a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Award and was awarded the Massey University individual research medal. In 2013 Anne was appointed Distinguished Professor of Fine Art.

Professor Noble’s previous bodies of work include pieces examining Antarctica, her own daughter’s mouth, pieces on the significance of memory and imagination to personal and cultural narratives of place and belonging and most recently Forests.

Her practice spans various mediums from moving image, still photography, sound, and installation work.

Bruissement_05_003 (All photographs are Copyrighted by Anne Noble and Massey University press and are reproduced with kind permission.)

We visited her recent exhibition at the Bartley & Company Art Gallery to talk to Anne about the exhibition and the associated book Conversātiō – in the company of bees which has just been published by Massey university press. It’s a beautiful publication and contains lots of stunning, and occasionally intense works, all imagery from Ann’s various Bee related exhibitions. And features illuminating essays to accompany the pictures from several guest Essayists.

Bees have long fascinated Professor Noble and been in various aspect and guises at the core of many of her exhibitions over recent years.

Professor Noble herself is a beekeeper, and has studied their history and culture, and recently her work has looked closely at their uncertain future due to climate change and ecosystem collapse.

We were over the moon when Professor Noble very kindly agreed to a filmed Q and A interview with Wellington City Libraries.

We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to Massey university press, Bartley & Company Art Gallery in Wellington and especially Professor Anne Noble herself for her time and enlightening and thoughtfully replies to our questions.

Click here for more information on Professor Anne Noble’s practice.

Visit Bartley & Company Art Gallery for more information. Including Anne’s forthcoming exhibition  In a forest dark… (25 November – 18 December 2021 )

Dead Bee Portrait#14 (All photographs are Copyrighted by Anne Noble and Massey University press and are reproduced with kind permission.)

Conversatio : In the company of bees / Noble, Anne

“Lavishly illustrated book to accompany Professor Anne Noble’s Bee themed exhibitions staged internationally over the course of several years. With guest essayists commenting and illuminating various points and themes explored in these bodies of work.”

(Adapted from Catalogue )



Slow release : recent photography from New Zealand : Fiona Amundsen, Gavin Hipkins, Anne Noble, Fiona Pardington, Peter Peryer, Ann Shelton, Yvonne Todd

Catalogue of an exhibition at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, Victoria 10 August – 22 September 2002; the Gippsland Art Gallery Sale 16 November – 15 December 2002; and the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, 2003.Supported by the Chartwell Trust. And including bibliographical references.” (Adapted from Catalogue )