Self-Portrait, by Marti Friedlander, with Hugo Manson — 22.08.13

Self-Portrait, by Marti Friedlander, with Hugo Manson, published by Auckland University Press, will launch mid-October 2013

From a childhood in London's East End to half a century in New Zealand photographing wine-makers, artists, children and kuia, Marti Friedlander has lived a rich life - one defined by the art of looking. In Self-Portrait, Marti tells her story for the first time. As forthright and revealing in words as in her photographs, she tells of growing up in London orphanages, being Jewish, working in a Kensington photography studio, marrying a New Zealander and moving across the world to a challenging new country. Here she began to photograph the ordinary and the extraordinary, protests and politicians, balloons and beaches - capturing on film the transformation of New Zealand life over more than fifty years. This book is a rich meditation on one woman's photographic journey through the twentieth century.

The front cover image is Self-portrait, 1964. It was taken in Gerrard's dental surgery in the last week that I worked as a nurse there. I used to develop my film in the small darkroom where the dental X-rays were developed. There was a corridor outside the darkroom, and a mirror at the end of the corridor. I just looked at the mirror one day and I thought, Marti, you should take a photograph of yourself. So I did. It was the first self-portrait I'd ever taken.

Marti Friedlander (born 1928) is New Zealand's leading photographer. Since immigrating to New Zealand in 1958, she has worked throughout the country, as well as in the Pacific, England and Israel. Her work has featured in books including Moko: The Art of Maori Tattooing (with Michael King, 1972), Larks in a Paradise: New Zealand Portraits (with James McNeish, 1974) and Contemporary New Zealand Painters: Volume 1, A-M (with Jim and Mary Barr, 1980). Marti's photography was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery in 2001, which subsequently toured the country. Her life and work has also been covered in Marti Friedlander by Leonard Bell (Auckland University Press, 2009), which was shortlisted for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and in Marti: The Passionate Eye (2004), a documentary by Shirley Horrocks. Marti Friedlander became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998 and the recipient of an Arts Foundation Icon Award in 2011.

Hugo Manson is a senior New Zealand oral historian. He was co-founder, with Judith Fyfe, of the New Zealand Oral History Archive (now the Oral History Centre at the Alexander Turnbull Library) and has specialised in recording contemporary oral history in many parts of the world.  Hugo has been commissioned by the Arts Foundation to undertake oral histories for a number of Arts Foundation Icon Award recipients.  These histories are held at the Oral History Archive.

Self-Portrait, by Marti Friedlander, with Hugo Manson
Published by Auckland University Press
Mid-October 2013, 240 x 190 mm, 264 pages, illustrations
Hardback, 978 1 86940 784 1, $59.99