Despite the distractions of living in Orange and Red zones, and having to deal with EQC and other dim-witted & at times dubious organisations, Gail has been working away on two essays for a book Selling the Dream.
The following is from the website associated with the book (here):
Selling the Dream is the first dedicated and extensive celebration of tourism posters and other publicity that helped promote New Zealand – both locally and to the world – until the 1960s. This was a pivotal period in the history of New Zealand publicity – before television and colour photography changed the publicity landscape forever – creating not only a tourism marketing proposition but a sense of national identity as well. The imagery is some of the finest graphic art ever produced in New Zealand, and as arresting and impressive today as when it was first created.
Published by award-winning New Zealand publisher Craig Potton Publishing, the book is a 408-page, large-format, high-end production with close to 1000 images and 11 specially commissioned essays.
There is a Listener review of the book (with sample images) which can be downloaded from here, or available online at the Listener later today(here). The launch is in Wellington this evening.