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Gary Baigent - The Unseen City - 123 Photographs of Auckland, Tri Ocean Books, 1967, Auckland/San Francisco

 

Hard cover with dust jacket, jacket design by Gerard Macdonald. published in New Zealand by Blackwood & Janet Paul Ltd, Auckland 1967, published in the US by Tri Ocean Books San Francisco 1967. 

"Gary Baigent’s stunning The Unseen City – One hundred and twenty-three photographs of Auckland is of those rare, hidden-treasure photobooks. Not being an expert in photobooks from New Zealand, I have to thank a collector friend who pointed this one out to me.
The book contains no writing beyond the title, the plates index with technical information, and the introductory texts on the dust jacket flaps. Baigent leaves all available space to his photographs, taken in Auckland during the mid-1960s. Most images are printed full page. The uncoated paper is as rough as some of the pictures themselves (the printing quality is rather poor) which adds to the overall charm. The whole feel of this book somehow anticipates the later Japanese publications. (such as Kenji Ishiguro’s Hiroshima Now from 1970, Tetsuya Ichimura’s COME UP from 1971 or Miyako Ishiuchi’s Apartment from 1978). Baigent’s visual approach is surprisingly daring, and it must have been a challenge to publish such an unconventional photobook at the time." (achtung.photography)

Pages: 128
Place: Auckland/San Francisco
Year: 1967
Publisher: Tri Ocean Books
Size: 27 x 22 cm (approx.)







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Hard cover with dust jacket, jacket design by Gerard Macdonald. published in New Zealand by Blackwood & Janet Paul Ltd, Auckland 1967, published in the US by Tri Ocean Books San Francisco 1967. 

"Gary Baigent’s stunning The Unseen City – One hundred and twenty-three photographs of Auckland is of those rare, hidden-treasure photobooks. Not being an expert in photobooks from New Zealand, I have to thank a collector friend who pointed this one out to me.
The book contains no writing beyond the title, the plates index with technical information, and the introductory texts on the dust jacket flaps. Baigent leaves all available space to his photographs, taken in Auckland during the mid-1960s. Most images are printed full page. The uncoated paper is as rough as some of the pictures themselves (the printing quality is rather poor) which adds to the overall charm. The whole feel of this book somehow anticipates the later Japanese publications. (such as Kenji Ishiguro’s Hiroshima Now from 1970, Tetsuya Ichimura’s COME UP from 1971 or Miyako Ishiuchi’s Apartment from 1978). Baigent’s visual approach is surprisingly daring, and it must have been a challenge to publish such an unconventional photobook at the time." (achtung.photography)

Pages: 128
Place: Auckland/San Francisco
Year: 1967
Publisher: Tri Ocean Books
Size: 27 x 22 cm (approx.)