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Portrait of a House

Portrait of a House is a photo book by photographer Simon Devitt in
collaboration with graphic designer Arch MacDonnell (In-house Design),
exploring the Athfield House – the ‘village on the hill’ – an architectural experiment that Ian Athfield started in 1965 on the Khandallah hillside in Wellington.

The idea for the book came from Devitt’s admiration of Robin Morrison’s
work and in particular Morrison’s 1978 photo book Images of a House
about a William Gummer-designed house built in 1916. “A house is a
pretty refined subject to make a book about,” explains Devitt. “It is not
market driven, it is content driven and born out of passion. Life has
happened there like in no other house, and the ‘living’ leaves its evidence,
the time has played out on its surface. There is a lot to be said about
sitting still and how that looks. The Athfield house is a wonderful example
of this. An accessible counterpoint to a largely asset-based living that
pervades New Zealand.”

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© 2019 Sait Akkirman

May 2013

Balasoglu Books

Simon Devitt in collabration with graphic designer
Arch MacDonell (In-house Design)

140

Hard cover

381 x 213mm

89.95

Language:

English

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