Simon Devitt: Portrait of a House19/12/2012
New Zealand photographer Simon Devitt has announced the impending release of his first book, Portrait of A House, due on shelves in late February.
In conjunction with Arch MacDonell of Inhouse Design fame, Devitt presents an extraordinary exploration of Athfield house, which began as an architectural experiment and became a hub of creativity and controversy. This is a story told though Devitt’s sensitive eye, blended with historic photographs, paintings and drawings from the Athfield archive. Clare Athfield’s contribution of her own recipes (dating from the 1960s until now) complements a selection of personal letters by family, friends, colleagues and clients which are insightful and often very funny – memories that make Simon’s photographs all the more potent in their beauty and silence.
Only 1,000 copies will be printed with 100 special editions that include one of five photographic prints. At 140 pages, uncoated paper, an exposed, section sewn binding and cardboard case, this will be a true collector’s item for those interested in New Zealand history, architecture, design and photography.