'Historically, photographs of Indigenous Australians were often produced under unequal and exploitative circumstances. Today, however, such images represent a rich cultural heritage for descendants who can use this rich archive to explore Aboriginal history, to identify relatives, and to reclaim culture. In Aboriginal photographies contributors investigate the Indigenous significance of engaging with images from each of the former colonies. The result is a fresh perspective on Australia’s past, and on present-day Indigenous identities.'
'Rather than telling us what ‘the white photographer saw’, Aboriginal photographies focuses upon the interactions between photographer and Indigenous people and the living meanings the photos have today.' (Source: Publishers website)
This work contains:
Introduction: the photographic encounter / Jane Lyndon
Forgotten lives - the first photographs of Tasmanian Aboriginal people / Julie Gough
Photographing Indigenous people in New South Wales / Jane Lyndon and Sari Braithwaite with Shauna Bostock-Smith
Picture who we are: representations of identity and the appropriation of photographs into a Wiradjuri oral history tradition / Lawrence Bamblett
Photographing Kooris: photography and exchange in Victoria / Jane Lyndon
Aboriginal people and four early Brisbane photographers / Michael Aird
Photographing South Australian Indigenous people: 'far more gentelmanly than many' / Jane Lydon and Sari Braithwaite
'It's that reflection': photography as recuperative practice, a Ngarrindjeri perspective / Karen Hughes and Aunty Ellen Trevorrow
Photographing Aboriginal Australians in West Australia / Donna Oxenham
Photographing the outback: the last frontier? / Jane Lyndon and Sari Braithwaite
The 'Myalls' ultimatum': photography and Yolngu in Eastern Arnhem Land, 1917 / Laurie Baymarrawangga, Bentley James and Jane Lydon.