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Christchurch 22.2: Beyond the Cordon

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
Review by Sonya on 23rd September, 2011
5 stars "heartbreaking"

filled with many photos of our city in ruins. brings home the enormity of the dedication and effort put in by all emergency services, council staff and the everyday heros who risked their lives. Brilliant but heartbreaking photography.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
Review by Pitena on 9th November, 2011
5 stars "Blown away"

Brought 2 of these- one for myself and another for a friend. Pictures amazing but so hard to look at them all in one go. A must have book

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
Review by KERRY on 24th September, 2011
5 stars "FANTASTIC"

Very well presented book, excellent photographs but it's a shame it was printed in China.

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
Review by Daniel on 22nd September, 2011
5 stars "Awesome"

Very awesome earthquake book. Well done by the police that were inside the cordon on them awfull days after the Feb 22 earthquake

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
Review by Yvonne on 25th September, 2011
5 stars "Absolutely mind-boggling!!"

A must have record of this absolute life-changing event for us all in Christchurch and throughout New Zealand......I have ordered a second copy to share around the family…



Release date NZ
September 22nd, 2011
Country of Publication
New Zealand
colour photographs
Hodder Moa
268x307 x26
All-time sales rank
Top 200
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All royalties from the book are being donated to the Christchurch Family Help Trust.

The Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011 was one of the worst natural disasters in New Zealand's history. The quake devastated New Zealand's second biggest city and caused significant damage to infrastructure both within Christchurch itself and its immediate surrounds.

After declining several quake books – none of which felt right – Hachette NZ was approached by the Canterbury District Police to produce a high-quality book of colour photography taken by Police forensic photographers, documenting the response to the earthquake.

The 208-page, book is chock full of stunning, evocative photographs shot by police photographers. They were primarily taken throughout the rescue operation and they were pretty much the only photographers allowed to remain and work inside the cordoned area of the CBD. They had long-term access to all the major rescue sites and have literally hundreds of stunning images documenting the rescue effort, the work of emergency services personnel from both New Zealand and around the world, as well the devastating upheaval the cityscape. The photos will be accompanied by captions and brief comments from the photographers, documenting their personal responses to ‘Operation Earthquake’. As well there will be a foreword by high-profile Canterbury District Police Superintendent Dave Cliff and two poems by Gary McCormick. This is the book that feels right. This will be the definitive work of the Christchurch disaster.


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