Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, July 16, 2012
AUCKLAND - a portrait of today and yesterday
From basic huts on the foreshore to a city of 1.5 million, New Zealand’s
super city has had a remarkable history of change and development over
the past 170 years. This book shows the dramatic changes and puts the reader
into the picture showing the past coupled with the present using graphic
photographs taken over the decades. Some pioneering colour photographs
taken by the author when colour photography was in its infancy feature along with
many classic photographs recorded on glass plates over 100 years ago. The book will clearly appeal to visitors but as an Aucklander myself I found it captivating and full of interest. My thanks to Graham Stewart for another terrific publication. About the author:
Veteran publisher/author/photographer Graham Stewart is
the author of 21 books including The End of the Penny Section, The Tangiwai
Disaster – a Christmas Eve Tragedy, Auckland Before the Harbour Bridge,
Wellington – Portrait of a Region, New Zealand – Portrait of a Nation, Napier –
Portrait of an Art Deco City, Wellington – The Best Little Capital City in the
World, Dunedin – A Portrait of Today and Yesterday, Wellington from Above,
and Christchurch – A Portrait of Yesterdays.
A selection of shots from this fine book are below:
The above two taken from outside the Civic Theatre many years apart. One of the features of the book are the many shots of the same location but taken 50-60 years apart.