November 15, 2016
Friedlander challenged kiwi conformity
The late Marti Friedlander is being remembered as someone who fought against the straightjacket of life in New Zealand and in the process created a unique record of her adopted country.
Friedlander died yesterday at the age of 88 from cancer.
Her funeral is tomorrow at Waikumete Cemetery in west Auckland.
John Miller, who was the first recipient of the Arts Foundation Friedlander photography award, says at an Auckland Writers Week event a few years ago she described her dismay at shifting from cosmopolitan London to late 1950s New Zealand.
"She famously said new Zealand in the 1950s was like being in a big classroom where you had to put up your hand and ask for permission to live." he says.
Marti Friedlander’s pictures such as her portraits of kuia with moko done in collaboration with historian Michael King, or her ‘I’m All White Jack’ image from a No Maoris No Tour protest against the 1960 All Black tour of South Africa have become significant cultural touchstones.
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