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Shack: In Praise of An Australian Icon

Shack: In Praise of An Australian Icon


In Australia shacks have become our protest against the brick veneer, the place where we unwind on holiday, the workshop that feeds our soul.

Photographer Simon Griffiths has travelled the countryside, from Jericho in Tasmania to the remote coast of Broome, to bring us images of shacks that are both familiar and exotic. We meet the shack dwellers – a mix of artists, environmentalists, fishermen, homebuilders and socialites – and experience the pleasure of inhabiting spaces that are at once monuments to self-expression and symbols of old-fashioned common sense.

Beautifully put-together, Shack is a book that takes us back in history, out into the remote reaches of the famous Australian landscape and inwards to connect with our common desire for retreat and renewal.

He captures beautifully the pioneering, even rebellious, spirit of these humble buildings and those who use them.” Nigel Bartlett, Belle Magazine

Simon Griffiths
Published October 2010
212 Pages
236mm x 188mm
ISBN: 9781920989125

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