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Capturing History In 24 Hours

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CAPTURING HISTORY IN 24 HOURS

For 24 hours on January 1st, 2000 a team of over 80 top photographers will record New Zealanders celebrating the millennium.

The best images will appear in a new book A Day in the Life of New Zealand, January 1, 2000, commemorating this momentous day.

From midnight to midnight on January 1st, 2000, a team of over 80 of New Zealand's leading photographers will be focusing on New Zealanders living the first day of the next 1000 years. Throughout our country, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, New Years Eve firecrackers and newborns to special millennium events and family barbecues at the beach, no photo opportunity will go unrecorded.

A Day in the Life of New Zealand will be a collection of stunning images by the country's best photographers, but above all it will show New Zealand and New Zealanders as they are at the beginning of the new millennium-awake and asleep; at work and on holiday; young and old; Maori, Pakeha and immigrants from around the world. It will be a stunning showcase of our country-something for New Zealanders to be proud of and the rest of the world to envy.

Of the 25,000 photographs expected to be submitted only 200 will be chosen to appear in A Day in the Life of New Zealand, January 1, 2000 which will be published in May 2000 by Random House New Zealand as a hardback priced $59.95.

This is the second time that the essence of New Zealand life has been captured on film over a 24-hour period. Creator of the project, publisher Malcolm McGregor, first produced the 'day in the life' concept in 1983. The result was the best selling A Day in the Life of New Zealand, which sold over 42,000 copies across two editions.

A New Zealander, long time resident in Dunedin and Wellington, now living in Queensland, Malcolm McGregor is also overseeing an Australian version.

"The uniqueness of the day adds to the historical value of this millennium edition," says Malcolm McGregor. "It will be a lasting tribute to New Zealand life as we know it and will be referred to and shared by our future generations.

"It offers a huge challenge to the photographers selected for their individual styles and skills, many of whom worked on the 1983 edition."

The Photographers

The photographers involved range from the internationally renowned to seriously talented amateurs and numerous awards winners. Included in the line-up are such luminaries as Peter Bush, Neil Farrin, Sheena Haywood, Lloyd Park and Geoff Mason. as well as Stewart Island amateur Laura Cavanagh, who at 19 is the youngest taking part.

Interview

Malcolm McGregor will available for interviews in Auckland on from Monday December 13 to Thursday December 16. To arrange an interview time please contact-

Karen Thompson: phone (09) 413 8532, mobile 021 612 758 fax (09)

413 8536 or e-mail ktmclear.net.nz

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