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Apparitions: The Photograph and its Image


Published 2017 by Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
48 pages
255 x 210 mm, softcover, with colour illustrations
Edited by Geoffrey Batchen
With contributions from Geoffrey Batchen, Peter Derksen, Kate Weaver, Moya Lawson, Millie Singh, Frances Crombie, Matthew Barrett, Nicola Caldwell and Alys Pullein.
Design by Alice Bonifant
Printed by Milne Print
ISBN: 978-1-877309-40-3

Apparitions examined the dissemination of photographic images during photography’s earliest decades. Curated by Geoffrey Batchen and his 2017 Honours class, the show drew on both private and public collections (including Te Papa, the Turnbull Library and the Auckland Museum). Apparitions displayed rare daguerreotypes from England, France, Germany, and the United States, calotypes by photography’s English inventor William Henry Fox Talbot, and lithographs, wood engravings, steel engravings and other illustrations based on early photographs. The focus was on the reproducibility and mobility of the photographic image.

Published with the support of the Ronald Woolf Memorial Endowment.