Mark Adams: Cook's Sites

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nd As a result of being in New Zealand on holiday I have began to dig into New Zealand  photography to see what has been going on in the last couple of decades. Is it any different to Australian photography? What are the differences?
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Mark Adams, Cook's Sites After William Hodges' 'Cascade Cove, Dusky Bay, 1995

Mark Adams is one example of difference. In 'Cook's Sites', Mark Adams and Nicholas Thomas travel to the places where Cook landed in the South Pacific. Adams photographically commemorates the instant of encounter between European and Maori people, defining it as a moment of discovery, violence and mutual reciprocity.

For this series Mark also focuses on key historic sites illustrated by painters William Hodges and John Webber who accompanied Cook on his voyages. His portrayal allows us to look out from these paintings and reassess the history of these culturally loaded locations.

Is there anything similar happening in Australia? Are some Australian photographers exploring the sites of conflict?

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None that I'm aware of Gary - yet?

I have to admit that I've been thinking about it re Encounter Bay and the Fleurieu Peninsula---given this and this and the removal of aboriginal people to Point Pearce (York Peninsula) and Point McLeay in Lake Alexandrina. Good chance to start reusing the view camera.

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