Ice Blink — 22.03.12

Ice Blink is to be launched in conjunction with an exhibition of Noble's photographs at City Gallery Wellington, 'Bitch in Slippers' at the City Gallery, Wellington (5.30pm Wednesday 28 March 12)

"When we look at Antarctica, from the deck of a ship, or in a make-believe tableau, and fix it in our gaze, what we see is a figment of the imagination. The sight we encounter is a sight already seen, image upon image fixed in the shadow of our dreaming by the medium of photography itself... Photography confirms a ‘having been there' that is desirable, touchable, and ultimately purchasable. It becomes the pre-text for travel and loads a geographic imaginary that renders the traveller blind." (Anne Noble).

Anne Noble, one of Aotearoa New Zealand's most preeminent photographers, undertook three missions to Antarctica early in the 21st century, and made a world tour of Antarctic centres in parallel. She made three bodies of work, one of which, Ice Blink, forms the basis of this major volume.

Ice Blink sets imagery taken in Antarctic centres, aquaria and museums that present recreations of Antarctica with photographs of human encounters with the icy continent. Exploring what Noble calls "the Antarctic imaginary", this book features an essay by acclaimed essayist and novelist Ian Wedde.

It is the first in a series of three major publications by Noble that deal with Antarctica as a photographic subject to be published by Clouds. The End of the Earth will chronicle the back-story of science in Antarctica, while White Out/White Noise gathers images of Antarctic light and space in an examination of the phenomenon known as whiteout.

Ice Blink is to be launched in conjunction with an exhibition of Noble's photographs at City Gallery Wellington, Bitch in Slippers, that coincides with the centenary of Robert Falcon Scott's failed mission to win the race to the South Pole. Noble is collaborating with writer Lloyd Jones and designer Sarah Maxey in the Hirschfeld Gallery.

Published by Clouds
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Essay by Ian Wedde
Edited by Gwynneth Porter
Designed by Warren Olds
  ISBN: 978-0-9864628-5-6
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Hardcover -  124 pages
/ 63 colour plates
 - English
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Edition: 1000
Dimensions: 227 x 283 x 17mm

Individually shrink-wrapped
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RRP: NZD$69.95

Sourced: Clouds