John Johns

Burnt pine forest, Canterbury

Burnt pine forest, Canterbury by John Johns

Artwork Detail

The dead tree, a motif in New Zealand painting, replicates into the vanishing point. A conservationist and photographer with the New Zealand Forest Service, John Johns' forthright image of a charred pine plantation reflects his political intention to reveal our complex and at times exploitative relationship with the New Zealand landscape. Appalled by the clear felling of native forest on the West Coast, he said that he ‘couldn’t understand how civilised people could commit such a barbaric crime’.

Burnt pine forest, Canterbury
John Johns
Production date
gelatin silver
400 x 508 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1976
Accession no
Other ID
[Archives NZ Reference:AAQA 6506, box 21, M1569c] Reference number (external institution), 1976/5/3/C
Copying restrictions apply
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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