Current, in print
A country life: the black and white photographs of Olive R Odewahn
With essays by Catherine Rogers and Janis Wilton
This is a book about photography and photographs, and what a keen amateur photographer quietly did with her camera and hundreds of rolls of film in the middle of the twentieth century. Olive Rose Odewahn, (née Jelbart) (1914-2006) photographed in black and white from around 1928 until about 1960, picturing her life and her surrounds in the picturesque, productive, rural Riverina area of south-eastern Australia.
Olive Odewahn kept most of her negatives which is unusual for an amateur photographer. Some 650 negatives were stored in chocolate boxes. For this publication and for the exhibition contemporary digital technologies were used to scan and process a broad selection of negatives into positive images as well as to make large inkjet prints. When viewed as digital images made large, Olive’s negatives reveal many details that are otherwise almost impossible to see on the little, roughly cropped, contact prints that she received from the photo processors. To further enhance Olive’s beautiful pictures, the images in this book have been printed in duotone.
Olive’s photographic pictures range from personal (but not private) photographs of family members and friends, to descriptive, almost journalistic pictures of farming life and its sheer hard work, to story-telling with her pictures through to images made for her own creative curiosity and pleasure. As the photographer, Olive is at the centre of her pictures as she points her camera outwards and onto the worlds of her many different subjects. Olive’s photographs are always considered and deliberate. Her thoughtful approach to each shot has produced sincere, charming and unpretentious images of individual people, groups and communities in various places and in a time now gone.
Olive pictured people, locations, events, activities and scenes that are often considered unremarkable and unimportant as subject matter. She imaged life around her: activities, places and lives that would otherwise be overlooked, not considered, and forgotten. This desire to image her own stories together with her perseverance and passion for taking and making pictures with her camera, is the strength of her photography.
Accompanying the photographs are two essays. One is about these photographs and the camera, about photography and the photographer, the other essay is a more personal response to the pictures also considering them from a historian’s perspective. As well, one of Olive’s children proffers personal insights on her mother as photographer.
Exhibition of prints made from Olive Odewahn’s original negatives re-scheduled to
drawing jewellery poetry.
With an essay by Julie Ewington
Margaret West (1936-2014) is renowned as one of Australia’s finest contemporary jewellers. Her restrained yet passionate works in stainless steel, stone and marble are thoughtfully conceived and impeccably crafted. Her jewellery practice was sustained by her poetry which she wrote for over thirty years, and also by her constant drawing and note taking. West continually observed the natural world – she was always looking, drawing and taking notes, her drawing was practiced in productive dialogue with making, her drawing was also a way of thinking. Whether of flowers in her Blackheath garden, or cold seas off the coast of Norway, her drawings were made to explore what was around her, to contemplate its beauty but also its gravity. West looked unflinchingly at humanity and our propensity for injustice as the vibrant scarlet drawings for Fatal Flowers reveal.
This 40 page book, illustrated with some of West’s drawings and jewellery, and including a selection of her poems, is being published on the occasion of the first solo exhibition of West’s work since her death. It brings together for the first time the principal interweaved practices that constituted her mature life as an artist – drawing, making jewellery and objects, and writing, especially poetry.
Exhibition of the drawings and jewellery of Margaret West
The Indomitable Miss Pink. A Life in Anthropology.
If she was remembered at all, Olive Muriel Pink (1884-1975) was most commonly regarded as an eccentric. During a life-time of activism on behalf of the Warlpiri and Arrernte people of central Australia, she wrote thousands of letters to newspapers, politicians and bureaucrats, demanding that they alter their ways, pointing out the faults in their policies and the unfortunate consequences of so many of them.
Such a woman was unlikely to be widely liked. In labelling her an eccentric her important anthropological and political work was obscured and diminished.
Julie Marcus has traced Olive Pink’s path from shy Tasmanian child to outspoken advocate for the Indigenous peoples of central Australia, a journey that took her from Hobart to Alice Springs, from flower painter to anthropologist, and finally to establishing the first botanic garden devoted to the flora of Australia’s arid regions.
Lhr Press is pleased to be able to publish this new edition of the story of her life at a special price.
A Most Generous Scholar - Joan Kerr, Art and Architectural Historian.
Joan Kerr (1938-2004) was the author of ground-breaking art histories that included the work of women, Aboriginal artists and minor genres, consistent with her democratic approach to Australia’s visual culture.
A rigorous academic, she was also a larrikin intellectual who relished a good argument. There were many of them and the telling of her life makes a fascinating story.
Original, entertaining and often controversial, Joan Kerr was a one of a kind scholar. Susan Steggall’s biography of Kerr is essential reading for all those interested in the women’s lives, cultural studies and the intimate histories of art and architecture.
The Flavour of her Years. Culinary Memories of Mother and Domestic Life in the 1950's.
In a vivid intimate memoir of her mother and family life in the 1950s, Julie Marcus describes a way of living that now seems remote. Like so many others of her generation, Anne Marcus was a free spirit restrained by the languid English conservatism of Adelaide, a small city clinging to the southern coast of Australia. Julie Marcus brings a sharp yet tender eye to a mother's life of care, responsibility, cookery and joie de vivre. More than a story of one family this is a proud and uplifting testament to that generation of Australian women who raised and protected their families in a new world built on the rubble of two terrible wars. Illustrated with over 100 photographs sourced from family and friends.
Lindy Chamberlain Revisited. A 25th Anniversary Retrospective.
Marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Azaria Chamberlain.
In this thought provoking book, Adrian Howe brings a feminist perspective to media and public responses to the death of baby Azaria Chamberlain and the trial of her mother, Mrs Lindy Chamberlain, for murder. Drawing on marginalised feminist perspectives and on fascinating new material from the many letters in the Lindy Chamberlain archive, Howe's analysis helps us see beyond everyday assumptions about the case which is one of the worst miscarriages of justice Australia has known. In an era of media fixation on women charged with serious criminal offences, Howe's analysis of the role of media and expert opinion in convicting Lindy Chamberlain is both convincing and as relevant as ever.
When the eighteen year old Mendel Factor fled from Nazi-occupied Poland into Soviet Russia, he had no idea of the hardships he would face there nor that the warm family life of his early years would vanish in the Holocaust. His memoir of Jewish life in the Polish city of Lodz, his fascination with the bold socialist experiments of the Soviets and his experiences of collective farming make fascinating reading. Despite facing hunger, imprisonment and disease, Factor managed to survive the war, make his way home to Lodz and then onto a new life in Australia. A story to remind us all that freedom is fragile and its opponents eternal.
Macdonald’s engaging and provocative exploration of the impact of landrights legislation upon the Wiradjuri will make you smile and make you cry. A celebration of tenacity and survival, this book tells a story that all should know.
This book was sponsored by the NSW Heritage Office and the Wiradjuri Regional Aboriginal Land Council and supported by AIATSIS, ATSIC and the Bogan River Wiradjuri.
The story of Fred Powell’s remarkable life unfolds against the backdrop of over a century of change in the lives of Wiradjuri people living around Peak Hill in NSW. In an example of rich collaborative research and writing, Powell and Macdonald show us the way in which national agendas unfolded in the ordinary lives of Wiradjuri people.
In essays ranging across film, photography, dance, exhibitions and artefacts, leading writers and critics provide insights into the ways in which fantasies of race, whiteness and a ‘primitif’ domain are represented in daily life.
Twelve elegant essays uncovering the hidden ways of race and its representations. In a wide-ranging discussion of how Aboriginal spirituality and identity are drawn into Australia’s national consciousness, Marcus shows why it is that guilt continues to shadow popular understandings of history and colonialism.For her biography, The Indomitable Miss Pink. A Life in Anthropology (published by UNSW Press, 2001) Julie Marcus received the 2002 Dobbie LiteraryAward for a first book by a woman writer.
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