Size: 300 x 200 mm
Pages: 160 pages
Type: Linen hardcover with debossed title
Publisher: Hatje Cantz, Berlin, Germany
In 2014 and 2015, New Zelaand photographer Michael Krzanich explored the undercurrent of remote New Zealand and found a resonance unique to that part of the world. The images in Someone’s Mana depict people and places that have a connection with Maori life.
The term ‘mana’ can mean a supernatural force in a person, place or inanimate object in particular cultures. In Maori culture, mana is a measure of influence, authority, charisma, or spiritual power. Mana can also be reduced through wrong doing, and this diminished state gives it a darkness as well.
The carefully chosen images in the book serve the purpose of suggesting a contemporary view of the entity of mana. As they were taken mainly in remote regions of New Zealand, there was time to listen to the stories, understand someone’s life and the place where they now live.