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Aberhart Starts Here | Lara Strongman with Laurence Aberhart | "Iconic and unseen early photographs of Christchurch by Laurence Aberhart"

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Aberhart Starts Here | Lara Strongman with Laurence Aberhart | "Iconic and unseen early photographs of Christchurch by Laurence Aberhart"

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“The best book of New Zealand photography of 2017.” Steve Braunias, The Spinoff

Published by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, 2018

220 x 220 mm, hardcover, 136 pages, 62 full-page images

ISBN: 9781877375491

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Between 1975 and 1983, when the internationally-renowned New Zealand artist lived in and around Christchurch, he began to photograph the everyday world around him. Christchurch is where Aberhart developed his eye for the things that later brought his work to international prominence: his interest in the vanishing past, vernacular histories, and typological series, all emerged over this period. Aberhart’s early photographs, some of them now iconic but many unseen or little known, reveal a city – and a way of life – that no longer exists. Long-gone fast food joints, masonic lodges, lonely monuments and cemeteries are brought together with stucco houses, weird domestic scenes and haunting family groups.