Renowned photographer focuses on the importance of bees
Winner Best Book at the 2022 PANZ Book Design Awards
Winner Best Illustrated Book at the 2022 PANZ Book Design Awards
Winner People’s Choice Award at the 2022 PANZ Book Design Awards
Winner Best in Class Award at the 2022 Australian Good Design Awards
Longlisted for the Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand Award for Illustrated Non-fiction at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2022
Conversātiō looks at the astounding practice of leading photographer Anne Noble, set against the issues of ecosystem collapse and climate change and examining what an artist can do in response. Its creative focus is on that most important insect, the European bee. Reminiscent of an artist book in its extensive visual content, its appeal is to a wide readership curious about art, ecology, science, literature and their intersections.
Through Noble’s art and newly commissioned essays, the book traverses Noble’s deep interest in how humans relate to bees. From images of communities of bees to tintype photographs showing the beauty of translucent bee wings, photograms from the wings of dead bees and a black and white series of electron microscope images, Noble’s photographs present the hive life of bees in rich detail. Like the finest honey this book is a treasure.
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‘Pick up Conversātiō, this sumptuous book, with its title demanding attentiveness, and you will fall into Anne’s close-up photographs of bees at work’ — Paula Green, NZ Poetry Shelf
‘An important part of Noble’s bee photographs is her acute awareness of the vulnerability of the species to environmental degradation . . . Her exquisite Dead Bee portraits and delicate photographs of dead bees’ wings are especially poignant in this regard and are among the many highlights of this remarkable and beautifully produced book.’ — Peter Simpson, Kete
Anna Brown is a book designer, educator and researcher who works with visual artists, curators, art historians and musicians.