Author(s): Gregory O'Brien
Photography was invented the year before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Within a few years, cameras were charting the life and times of people at this end of the planet. See What I Can See is a celebration of the camera - the New Zealand that it captured, and the artists who wielded it. See What I Can See is an introduction to New Zealand photography that will appeal to young and curious photographers, students of New Zealand art history, or anyone who wants to sample the extraordinary range of images made in this country by our photographers. It is a book about darkness and light, about careful planning and doing things on the spur of the moment, about the quickness of digital photography and the slowness of old technology. It's a woman driving a tractor and a kid in a Colgate tube, a rock at Ngauruhoe and a Wahine survivor on a cart, it's surfies and selfies and cabbages the size of kings.
Non-Fiction Finalist 2016 - NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults
Gregory O'Brien is an independent writer, painter and art curator. He has written two multi-award-winning introductions to art for the young and curious: Welcome to the South Seas (2004) and Back and Beyond (2008) which both won the Non-Fiction Prize at the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young People.