This book is a landmark in New Zealand publishing. For the first time painters are seen as being central to the culture of New Zealand. In a brilliant text by Jim and Mary Barr one becomes aware that New Zealand has a short yet very intense art history. Marti Friedlander’s photographs are incisive and generous in their vision of artist’s lives. Her empathy is obvious and the photographs are not overwhelmed by design elements. This is a real treasure of a book and one of the best art publications produced in New Zealand.