Author(s): Richard Wolfe
Fronting Up is a rich, large-format sample of more than 100 classic magazine covers, all drawn from the extensive archives of the Auckland Museum Library.
The selected publications span 165 years, and include both household names - such as the Listener, New Zealand Woman's Weekly and the departed Auckland Weekly News - and less well-known publications, such as Typo, Tomahawk and Tit-Bits. They all provide an insight into the nation's interests and changing reading habits, while their colourful covers are a panorama of graphic design history, and represent the work of recognised artists and illustrators.
They include both glossy and low budget productions, while healthy doses of humour and ingenuity are also evident in the remarkably large and fertile field of New Zealand magazines.
First published 2005.
Richard Wolfe is a well-known New Zealand author of more than twenty books, many of which explore our cultural history. They include such books as New Zealand! New Zealand! In Praise of Kiwiana, (Co-author Stephen Barnett), Kiwi: More than a Bird, At the Beach: The Great New Zealand Holiday, (Co-author Stephen Barnett), Classic Kiwiana: An Essential Guide to New Zealand Popular Culture, (Co-author Stephen Barnett), The Way We Wore: The Clothes New Zealanders Have Loved, and Moa: The dramatic story of the discovery of a giant bird. He is also the author of a number of children’s books, illustrated by his wife Pamela. First published 2005.