Author(s): Craig Potton
Craig Potton rose to prominence as a photographer in the late 1980s, with a distinct and original view of the landscape of New Zealand. As a photographer with little interest in a sentimentalised view of the land, he pursued a less compromising and more muscular vision that sought to convey this country’s remarkable landscape in a real light. In the decades since, Craig Potton has become one of New Zealand’s most distinguished landscape photographers, famous for his moody, often dramatic images that signal a deeply felt connection with the wild places of New Zealand. New Zealand’s Wild Places contains not only a selection of his iconic landscape images, but also some fresh images, many of which were taken while making his two highly successful TV series, ‘Rivers’ and ‘Wild Coasts’. Complementing the format of these programmes, New Zealand’s Wild Places has also been structured thematically, with sections covering rivers and lakes, the coast, forests and mountains. Beautifully produced with new scans to give the best possible reproduction of Craig’s photographs, this will be an essential collection of images of the New Zealand landscape.
Craig Potton is New Zealand’s best known landscape photographer, and a noted conservationist. He is the author of many New Zealand books, including the best-selling New Zealand Aotearoa, Lost in New Zealand, New Zealand’s Wilderness Heritage (with Les Molloy), and Craig Potton New Zealand. Craig’s profile has increased over recent years, as he has established himself as a TV presenter, with two documentary series on rivers and wild coasts screening on prime-time television to widespread acclaim.