Marti Friedlander: Artists in the Archive


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As I was travelling around the country, a priority was to seek out artists. It seemed to me that artists were struggling for recognition, and I resolved to photograph as many of them as I could.

Marti Friedlander, 1999

Marti Friedlander is well-known for her intense, sensitive and empathetic photographs of New Zealand artists. The Marti Friedlander Archive, on long- term loan to Auckland City, consists of many thousands of negatives, proof sheets and prints. The Archive contains both vintage prints - the first print made by Friedlander of the negative - and those produced later. Friedlander worked predominantly in black and white, carefully cropping her images to produce the final work.

Friedlander's portraits of artists appear in a number of publications, most significantly in Contemporary New Zealand Painters (1980). What is less well known are the many other photographs of the same person, from which the final selection was made. Evidence of this process is apparent in some of the seldom-seen prints and contact sheets from the Archive on display.

This exhibition coincides with the launch of Self-Portrait, an Auckland University Press publication by Marti Friedlander with Hugo Manson. All images displayed in the exhibition are from the Marti Friedlander Archive held at the E H McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, with grateful thanks to Marti Friedlander.

Curated by
Catherine Hammond and Caroline McBride
Mezzanine level display case
Free entry

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