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On the way to an ambush

design Catherine Griffiths
and Bruce Connew
typography Catherine Griffiths
soft, with flaps, 176 pages
150x210mm, upright
55 duotone, 30 colour
photographs and colour images,
plus text
Victoria University Press

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2017 / published 02/2021

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Body of Work Bruce Connew
2013 / published 11/2015

I Drive You Crazy, to the Moon Bruce Connew
2007 / unpublished

I Must Behave Bruce Connew
2006 / published 2009

I Saw You Bruce Connew
2006 / published 2007

Stopover Bruce Connew
2000 / published 2007

Muttonbirds — part of a story Bruce Connew
2002 / published 2004

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1997 / published 1999

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Hanne Johnsen
2012 / published 2013

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On the way to an ambush Bruce Connew, 1999

published by Victoria University Press (with a funding top-up by the photographer)

‘On the way to an ambush’ was published by Victoria University Press, Wellington, New Zealand, and launched 22 April 1999 to a generous crowd at Unity Books, Wellington, the best bookshop in New Zealand.

“This is his record of time spent looking and thinking about what has been seen and what it might mean. Through a process I can only describe as an unfurling or unravelling, this war in Burma becomes a metaphor for Connew’s own life.” Peter Turner, past-editor, Creative Camera magazine.

The final copies of ‘On the way to an ambush’ have been numbered and signed. Each book is accompanied by a signed pigment print of the cover image, 100x150mm, on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, and a DVD of a contemporary recording of a slide show/narration of ‘On the way to an ambush’, first presented at Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand, August 1998.

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