View from the South

North & South - - Monthly Review -

Owen Mar­shall, pho­to­graphs by Gra­hame Syd­ney (Vin­tage, $40)

Two mates with a ded­i­ca­tion to the land­scape of the south have joined forces to pro­duce a vol­ume that pays trib­ute not just to that land­scape but to the peo­ple who in­habit it. Gra­hame Syd­ney’s pho­tos at times echo his paint­ings, but oth­ers show a keen doc­u­men­tary in­ter­est. In Owen Mar­shall’s words there’s cel­e­bra­tion, wry hu­mour and a range of ref­er­ence that takes the po­ems be­yond their south­ern in­spi­ra­tion to rip­ple out into the wider world.

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