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This is a second-hand soft-cover book.

Condition: The cover has creasing and light fading to the spine area. There is a light impression of an old price written in pencil on the first page. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 190 x 261 mm
Pages: 232
Publisher: Hazard Press
Publication date: 2003 first edition

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With My Camera for Company
Edited by Diana Rhodes

Adventures and images of a pioneering New Zealand photographer

One hundred years ago, Havelock Williams bought an Underwood Studio Camera and set himself up as a professional photographer.

Born in the North Island in 1884, Williams died in the North Island in 1968, but he spent about half a century as a South Island Cantabrian, and a husband, father, photographer and musician, in what his daughter and biographer Diana Rhodes often calls his first life. Her mother, her four siblings and she all belong to Havelock's second life, which began in the North Island at a point when most men are considering retirement.

This is an unusual book, because it contains the fascinating stories from Havelock William's first life, written at the end of his second life. As an old man, he committed these stories to paper in the 1960s but they remained unattended until the 1990s. In the past 10 years Diana has edited, researched and illustrated them, more than one hundred years after the events in the first story took place.

The stories are a mixture of personal reminiscence and New Zealand history, told by one who was not only there, but who recorded it with what he called the third optic - his camera.

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