Neenish Tarts

Peter Peryer, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 1983.
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About the Work
I always loved the striking simplicity of this photograph by the late Peter Peryer. It also screams of classic New Zealand Ladies, A Plate styled baking. There’s a great story about how when he bought a pile of doughnuts, jam rolls and neenish tarts to photograph, the owner of the Devonport bakery asked him if he was having a party. Peryer used to pop into the bookshop where I worked at Auckland’s High Street and I used to enjoy our natters. He was a good reader, and I remember he snapped up a copy of Herman Koch’s mordant page-turner Summer House with Swimming Pool after I raved about it. I once told him that this photo reminded me of my late mother who used to make the most divine neenish tarts. I bumped into him a few years later and he told me he’d recently seen some neenish tarts and had thought of my mother and I. I was quite moved by that.
- Kiran Dass, writer and critic, for the May 2021 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.
Image 330 x 458mm
Frame 470 x 588 x 28mm
silver gelatin print
Black and white photograph showing a view of a field of neenish tarts (icing is half black half white) viewed from above, they are shown all at different orientations with the line across them being either horizontal or vertical.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1984.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Nov 1984



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