Aboriginal photographies focuses on the interactions between photographer and Indigenous people, and the living meanings the photos have today. The result is a fresh perspective on Australia's past, and on present-day Indigenous identities.The book includes researchers who are using this rich cultural archive to explore Aboriginal history, to identify relatives, and to reclaim culture.
- 230mm x 155mm x 20mm
- Released April 2014
- ISBN 9781922059598
About The Author
Jane Lydon is a Professor and the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at The University of Western Australia. Her research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. She is interested in the ways that popular and especially visual culture has shaped ideas and debates about race, identity and culture that persist today.
In particular, she is concerned with the history of Australia’s engagement with anti-slavery, humanitarianism, and ultimately human rights. Her books include Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australians (2005), Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire (2016), and the edited Calling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies (2014) and Visualising Human Rights (2018).
From 2011 she has led the Returning Photos project aiming to re-connect historic photograph archives held in European anthropological museums with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descendants and relatives in Australia.
Contributors include Julie Gough, Jane Lydon, Sari Braithwaite, Shauna Bostock-Smith, Lawrence Bamblett, Michael Aird, Karen Hughes and Aunty Ellen Trevorrow, Donna Oxenham, Laurie Baymarrwangga and Bentley James.
About The Cover
Front cover: Aboriginal man of Pooninde, Ambrotype. With the permission of Special Collections, University of Bristol Library, Papers of Mathew Blagden Hale, DM130/239.