1. List: Indigenous documentary photographers
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    This list highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander documentary photographers in Australia.

    Overcoming the historical framework that depicts Indigenous Australians as a “dying race” – a narrative that had been enforced on us since colonisation - the 1986 “NADOC” exhibition was the first that enabled Indigenous Australians to start reversing the narrative by placing our mob both in front of- and behind the lens. Indigenous documentary photographers such as Mervyn Bishop, Tracey Moffatt, Ricky Maynard, Destiny Deacon, Michael Riley, and Brenda L Croft, have led the way for our mob to provide self-representation, while also highlighting the social and political climate of Australian history through photography.

    While the 1990s saw a rise in documentary photography using humour and satire to represent the social and political climate at the time, in addition to the standard portraits of key Indigenous peoples, the 2000s look back at the past treatment and representations of Indigenous peoples causing the line between documentary photography and contemporary art to cross over.

    Most importantly, Indigenous photographers are forcing the Western narrative of the Australian “Native” to be replaced with Indigenous self-representation. These photographers demonstrate that Indigenous culture and people are well and truly alive and thriving.

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  1. Half light : portraits from Black Australia / edited by Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones
    Perkins, Hetti, 1965-
    [ Book : 2008 ]
    At 40 libraries
    Half light : portraits from Black Australia / edited by Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones
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    2017-08-23 15:01:09.0

    This resource provides a great introduction about the history of Indigenous documentary photographers in addition to highlighting contemporary Indigenous photographers. Indigenous photographers represented in this publication include: Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Richard Bell, Mervyn Bishop, Brenda L Croft, Destiny Deacon, Genevieve Grieves, Dianne Jones, Ricky Maynard, Peter Yanada McKenzie, r e a, Michael Riley, Darren Siwes, and Christian Bumbarra Thompson.

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  2. After 200 years : photographic essays of Aboriginal and Islander Australia today / edited by Penny Taylor for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies
    Taylor, Penny (Ed)
    [ Book, Government publication : 1988 ]
    Languages: English;Australian languages;Warlpiri (C15);Kalaw Kawaw Ya (Y2), [6 others]
    At 89 libraries
    After 200 years : photographic essays of Aboriginal and Islander Australia today / edited by Penny Taylor for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies
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    2017-08-16 14:52:36.0

    Another key event in the history of Indigenous documentary photography was the AIATSIS project "After 200 years". This three-year project in the late 1980s that focused on both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians visiting various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to document contemporary photographs. Unlike the photographs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' taken during the late 1800s and early 1900s, the photographs taken during these visits were done with consent and then returned to the community.

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  3. Self portrait of Aboriginal photograher Mervyn Bishop, Sydney, 1989
    [ Photograph : 1989-2014 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    At National Library
    Self portrait of Aboriginal photograher Mervyn Bishop, Sydney, 1989
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    2017-08-16 14:44:08.0

    Though the 1980s bore witness to the rise of Indigenous documentary photographers, Aboriginal Australian man Mervyn Bishop had his start as a photojournalist at the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in 1963. His iconic photographs provide a visual representation of significant national events in Australia, especially the 1975 photograph that he took of the then-Prime Minister Gough Whitlam acknowledging Country and handing land (soil) back to traditional owner Vincent Lingiari.

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  4. NADOC 86 exhibition of Aboriginal and Islander photographers / Geoffrey Batchen & Tracey Moffatt
    Batchen, Geoffrey
    [ Book : 1986 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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    2017-08-16 14:51:45.0

    Overcoming the historical framework that depicts Indigenous Australians as a “dying race” – a narrative that had been enforced on us since colonisation - the 1986 “NADOC” exhibition was the first that enabled Indigenous Australians to start reversing the narrative by placing our mob both in front of- and behind the lens.

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  5. Self portrait, 1999 / Tracey Moffatt
    Moffatt, Tracey
    [ Photograph : 1999 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    At National Library
    Self portrait, 1999 / Tracey Moffatt
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    2017-08-16 14:41:57.0

    From photographs reimagining historical events to installations, Indigenous documentary photography has verged into the realm of contemporary art. In early 2017 internationally renowned Aboriginal Australian artist and photographer Tracey Moffatt represented Australia through her solo exhibition ‘My Horizon’ at the 57th Venice Biennale. This exhibition saw her mix historical events, photographs, and multimedia to share a story about Indigenous Australia.

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  6. Michael Riley : sights unseen / Brenda L. Croft
    Croft, Brenda L., 1964-
    [ Book, Government publication : 2006 ]
    At 70 libraries
    Michael Riley : sights unseen / Brenda L. Croft
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    2017-09-01 11:53:29.0

    Based on the retrospective exhibition "Michael Riley: sights unseen" of Riley's work two years after his death, Indigenous documentary photographer Brenda L Croft highlights the life and photographs of the late Michael Riley in this publication.

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  7. Interview, Destiny Deacon in conversation with David Broker
    Deacon, Destiny
    Photofile
    [ Article : 2004 ]
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    2017-07-14 14:17:07.0

    An interview with Indigenous documentary photographer Destiny Deacon

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  8. Johnny Briscoe at Owen Springs Station, Northern Territory 1973
    [ Photograph : 1973 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    At National Library
    Johnny Briscoe at Owen Springs Station, Northern Territory 1973
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    2017-07-14 14:20:04.0

    An example of photographs by Johnny Briscoe, who captured images of aspects of Aboriginal life on missions in the Northern Territory.

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  9. Reversing the negatives : a portrait of aboriginal Victoria / images by Ricky Maynard ; text by Tony Birch
    Maynard, Ricky, 1953-
    [ Book : 1999 ]
    At 32 libraries
    Reversing the negatives : a portrait of aboriginal Victoria / images by Ricky Maynard ; text by Tony Birch
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    2017-08-23 15:11:15.0

    In 1996 Ricky Maynard was commissioned by Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and Museum Victoria as photographer, to capture Aboriginal Victoria. This publication is the result of the Photographic Project, Maynard's portraits portraying "...the richness and diversity" (p.vii) of the Aboriginal ("Koori") community in Victoria. Tony Birch provides a written narrative to accompany the portraits.

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  10. Close to you : the Lisa Bellear Picture Show : 21 May - 17 June 2016 / editors : Virginia Fraser, Kim Kruger, Destiny Deacon
    Bellear, Lisa, 1961-2006
    [ Book : 2016 ]
    At 2 libraries
    Close to you : the Lisa Bellear Picture Show : 21 May - 17 June 2016 / editors : Virginia Fraser, Kim Kruger, Destiny Deacon
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    2017-09-01 12:07:57.0

    This publication highlights the photographs of the late documentary photographer, poet and activist, Lisa Bellear. The Koorie Heritage Trust museum and cultural center in Melbourne is the custodian of 20,000+ photographs taken by Bellear.

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  11. More Than Meets The Eye: Wayne Quilliam
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2007 ]
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    At ABC Radio National
    More Than Meets The Eye: Wayne Quilliam
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    2017-07-14 14:34:12.0

    Interview with Indigenous documentary photographer Wayne Quilliam

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  12. Bindi Cole : sistagirls
    Cole, Bindi
    [ Book : 2009-2011 ]
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    At 6 libraries
    Bindi Cole : sistagirls
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    2017-10-25 14:00:25.0

    Exhibition booklet featuring photographs by Bindi Cole

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  13. Close to You: the documentary photography of Lisa Bellear
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2016 ]
    At ABC Radio National
    Close to You: the documentary photography of Lisa Bellear
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    2017-10-25 14:00:55.0

    A discussion about the documentary photography of Lisa Bellear

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  14. Black on White: or varying shades of grey? Indigenous Australian photo-media artists and the 'making of' aboriginality
    Riphagen, Marianne
    Australian Aboriginal Studies
    [ Article : 2008 ]
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  15. Living black / blacks talk to Kevin Gilbert
    Gilbert, Kevin, 1933-1993
    [ Book : 1977-1978 ]
    At 111 libraries
    Living black / blacks talk to Kevin Gilbert