Photobook New Zealand was delighted to collaborate again with Writers & Readers at the New Zealand Festival 2018.

Sessions of particular interest to photography fans included two with Teju Cole, New York Times photography critic and author of new visual diary Blind Spot. Wellington’s Peter Black discussed his book The Shops with Steve Braunias, and Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood talked to their book Caves: Exploring New Zealand’s Subterranean Wilderness.

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Friday 9th March 2018

Peter Black & Steve Braunias Talk Shop
Circa 1
1:15pm – 2:15pm

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Wellington photographer Peter Black has been making striking images of New Zealand and its people for 40 years. In his latest book, The Shops, he celebrates the overlooked poetry of the commonplace, with shops as metaphors for loss and change. He engages in shop talk with his publisher – author and columnist Steve Braunias.

Teju Cole: Favourite Photographers
Renouf – Michael Fowler Centre
2:45pm – 3:45pm

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Nigerian writer, art historian and photographer Teju Cole is well qualified to talk about the photography of others. His highly regarded monthly column for the New York Times Magazine has covered everyone from Andre Kertesz to Jem Southam. In this illustrated and illuminating talk, he shares and explores the work of selected photographers he most admires.


Saturday 10th March 2018

Cave Men
Circa 1
10:00am - 11:00am

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Hear Wellington designer and writer Marcus Thomas and West Coast photographer Neil Silverwood, share their thrilling stories of exploring New Zealand’s longest and deepest caves, accompanied by stunning images and expedition video.