Mary Macpherson is a Wellington photographer whose work is represented in many national collections including Te Papa, the Sarjeant Gallery, the Dowse Art Museum, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and others. Her work in the 1980s, including series like Urban Landscapes, was among the first in New Zealand to portray the everyday world using colour in subtle and unexpected ways. She continues this portrayal of New Zealand’s social landscape today.
Her work emphasises projects that explore ideas about society and culture. Series such as 17 Days of Shopping and Plant Life have been published in Sport and Landfall magazines, respectively.
A recent project is is Bent – a series which explores how the lives of trees are affected by human needs. The work was made between 2011 and 2013 in locations around New Zealand. Read Mary’s statement about the work.
Mary Macpherson's new photo book Medical Daydreams is hand-bound limited edition (of 20), available directly from the artist - see her web page for orders.
Available at Photospace Gallery at a promotional price is the book Old New World - (pub. Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland, 2012). The series examines change in New Zealand society, seen in small towns throughout the country.
Prints from the 68 image Bent series and the 62 image Old New World series are available from Photospace Gallery (see slide shows below), as well as copies of the book. The work is printed by the photographer on 308gsm Hahnemuhle photorag rag paper using Epsom K3 Ultrachrome inks. Prints are available in limited editions of A2 and, for some Old New World images, A3 sizes.
See books page for more info about the limited edition Bent book and Old New World.
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BNZ Heritage Art Collection works
Mary Macpherson has three photographs in the BNZ Heritage Art Collection. The photographs from her mid-1980s 'Urban Landscapes' series were purchased for the collection by the late Peter McLeavey.
Slide show of selected images from Bent
Slide show of selected images from Old New World
Photospace Gallery also has prints available from earlier series of Mary’s work, such as 'Waterlilies in painted pond', 'Partial View', and 'At Sea (No.1)', below.