A Digital Tour of the Avondale Market
A Review by Lynn Houghton
Oliver Li's book, Facing the Faces, depicts a day in the life of the Avondale market. Although the photos were taken over a period of time, they are placed into a narrative coherence that attempts to reveal something of the experience of the people who participate in the market.
The book shows people of all ages and ethnicities. Some of the images of children are particularly sweet and there are some good portraits of them. Oliver's pictures are also a portrait of how his subjects view himhence the titleand to this reviewer it appears that some of his subjects are guarded toward him. Of course, this is always the portrait photographer's challenge.
The image layout is somewhat irregular and I would have preferred a more traditional approach. There are many images that do not communicate that they are about the market itself. Others act as visual filler between more relevant pictures. Hence, the story breaks down in places and reconnects in others.
Although this review is somewhat critical, it is still a worthwhile effort on Oliver Li's part and an introduction to one of Auckland's most popular venues.