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Collector's Edition with original print | Mark Adams: A Portrait of the Artist Tony Fomison 1971-1990

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Collector's Edition with original print | Mark Adams: A Portrait of the Artist Tony Fomison 1971-1990

3,500.00

Published by Baker+Douglas, 2013.

About the print

Original hand-produced, silver bromide photographic print (purchasers have the option of selecting one of five photographs from the book).

Print dimensions 350 x 350mm (width variable), editions of 7, includes cloth covered presentation folder.

About the book

Hardback, hand bound with archival clamshell case.

360 x 360 mm, 30 full page plates, black & white and colour.

Images printed on Centurion Lustre 230gsm with Epson pigment inks.

Text printed on Inkjet Endura 100% cotton rag 220gsm.

Cased in Brillianta Calandre linen cloth.

Edition of 21, each copy is signed and editioned by the artist.

ISBN: 978 0 473 25474 2

 

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Mark Adams’ studio has a wall covered with pictures and mementos of friends who have died. Among them is one dark, tattered photograph taken on a bitterly cold winter morning at Tai Tapu, Banks Peninsula, in the early 1970s. It shows the painter Tony Fomison looking cryptic, disdainful, full of guile.

Adams first met Fomison in 1971. He photographed him often over the next two decades, capturing his fragility and resilience, and the long and painful process of Fomison receiving a traditional Samoan pe’a.

In his essay, ‘You could tell them this’, Vincent O’Sullivan reflects on the clarity and force of Fomison’s art, tracing a line from the schoolboy immersed in European stories and pictures, through his meticulous recording of Maori rock art, to his immersion in Samoan tradition and the indelible writing on his body of one culture across another.

Martin Edmond’s essay, ‘Something Serious’, begins with the pact for Adams to photograph Fomison every year, with the last photograph to be of Fomison in his coffin. Although that pact was not quite fulfilled, the photographs capture Fomison, the rooms in which he lived and worked, and the objects he surrounded himself with.

This book is a portrait of two artists. As the photographs and essays show, Fomison formed an unusually strong link between Pakeha, Maori and Samoan culture. The interplay between these cultures fascinated Mark Adams and has continued to do so. It was in the relationship with Fomison that Adams had found his subject and it was also to be the beginning of his interest in photography. 

Contributors: Martin Edmond and Vincent O'Sullivan

Mark Adams is represented by Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland 

Awards: 

New Zealand Best Awards Finalist, Editorial and Books, 2014

Pride in Print Awards, Process Winner 2014, Wakefields Digital, Wellington.

Judges comment: 'Superb quality on total job. Fantastic result - no faults.'

Mark Adams, Arts Foundation/Marti Friedlander Photographic Award