Author(s): Christopher Johnstone
The New Zealand landscape photography coffee table book category is a crowded category indeed. Here's a book that takes a novel approach, viewing New Zealand not through a photographer's lens but through the eyes of the country's greatest landscape painters, from Gully to Frizzell, Angus to Palmer. Drawn from public and private collections, these 100 beautiful and significant landscape paintings, both traditional and contemporary, range through the New Zealand landscape, from north to south, covering every region and province. From North to South features one painting per double page spread, with accompanying text. Each page boldly declares the region in which it is set and includes a map with a location pointer. Text for each plate identifies and contextualizes the artist. Also included is a detailed and engaging introductory essay explaining the selection in the book and tracing the history of landscape painting in New Zealand. Ideal for all lovers of New Zealand art, and, of course, the tourist market.
Commended for Spectrum Print Book Design Awards: Best Illustrated Book 2007.