AUCK­LAND: THEN AND NOW

North & South - - Review -

JENNY HA­WORTH (PAVILON, $29.99)

Stack­ing pho­tos of the same place taken decades apart has been a pop­u­lar tra­di­tion for many years and this is hardly the first book to do so for a New Zealand lo­ca­tion, but Ha­worth goes a lit­tle beyond the stan­dard of­fer­ing. Her text ex­plores more thor­oughly than most what has driven change over the years.

Auck­land be­ing Auck­land, the past is not so much as­sim­i­lated as oblit­er­ated. Many of these pic­tures are al­most sur­real – if not flat-out com­i­cal – in the vast dif­fer­ence be­tween, say, Queen St Wharf then, with its stately Vic­to­rian stone build­ings in view, and Queen St Wharf now, dom­i­nated by The Cloud. Ex­cel­lent gift-giv­ing at the price.

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