Friday 4 December 2020


Our book of the week, Te Ahi Kā: The fires of occupation by Danish photographer Martin Toft, is a remarkable photographic essay on decolonisation on the Whanganui River. In 1996 Toft spent six months living with Māori who had returned to reclaim their tūrangawaewae at Mangapapapa, to rebuild the marae and to live by the values of their ancestors. The experience  had a deep impact on Toft, and he returned twenty years later to work on this book. The book is outstanding for the strength of its photographic images, the quality of its production and reproductions, and its value as a social document. 

>>Have a look through the book
>>Visit Martin Toft's website
>>Images from the book
>>Rebuilding the old marae
>>How the book came about. 
>>Launching the book in New Zealand. 
>>In PhotoBook Journal
>>The book is designed by Ania Nałęcka-Milach.
>>Your copy

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