Brenda L. Croft was born in Perth in 1964 and is of the Gurindji people. In 1985 she completed the first year of a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography) at Sydney College of Arts. Croft first exhibited her work in the NADOC '86 Exhibition of Aboriginal and Islander Photographers at the Aboriginal Artists Gallery, Sydney in 1986. In 1988 she participated in the touring exhibition Inside Black Australia and Photography: Recent Acquisitions at the Australian National Gallery, Canberra. She undertook the Koori Women's Video Production course at Metro Television, Sydney in 1990. She served as General Manager of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists' Co-operative, Sydney, from 1990 to 1996. Croft was awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Visual Arts by the University of Sydney in 2009.