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Calling the Shots

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. InAboriginal photographiescontributors investigate the Indigenous significance of engaging with images from each of the former colonies. The result is a fresh perspective on Australias past, and on present-day Indigenous identities. Rather than telling us what the white photographer saw,Aboriginal photographiesfocuses upon the interactions between photographer and Indigenous people and the living meanings the photos have today.
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Jane Lydon is an Australian research Council Future Fellow at the university of Western Australia. She has worked in Australian heritage for twenty-seven years. Her previous books include Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australiansand The Flash of recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights


This collection brings us the richness of rarely seen images and rarely heard Indigenous Australian perspectives on photography that engages their past, present, and future with great insight and sensitivity. Professor Faye Ginsburg, New York University, Director, Center for Media, Culture and History This book allows us to unpack, re-piece and juxtapose divergent photographic stories about how and why photographs of Aboriginal people were made and kept. Read on and see, feel and share the unravellingthere has been change in the air, and it just got crisper. Brook Andrew, Aboriginal artist.

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