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Influential Australian Aboriginal photographers

  • Mervyn Bishop (born 1945): One of the first Indigenous photographers in Australia, Bishop began taking photos in the 1960s. His photographs documented the political and social changes happening at the time, including the Aboriginal land rights movement and the fight for equality and justice.
  • Michael Riley (1960-2004): A Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi photographer and filmmaker, Riley’s work often explored the intersection of Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and he is considered one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous artists.
  • Tracey Moffatt (born 1960): A photographer and filmmaker of the Gamilaroi/Murri people, Moffatt’s work often challenges stereotypes and explores issues of race, gender, and identity. She has exhibited widely and represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2017.
  • Ricky Maynard (born 1953): A Tasmanian photographer of the Aboriginal people of the Bass Strait islands, Maynard’s work often documents the cultural heritage and contemporary experiences of his community. He has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally.
  • Wayne Quilliam (born 1960): A photographer of the Wiradjuri people, Quilliam’s work often explores the intersection of Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. He has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally, and has won numerous awards for his work.
  • Destiny Deacon (born 1957): A photographer and multimedia artist of the K’ua K’ua and Erub/Mer people, Deacon’s work often explores issues of race, gender, and identity. She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally, and was the first Indigenous artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Leah King-Smith (born 1957): A photographer of the Gurang Gurang and Gooreng Gooreng people, King-Smith’s work often explores issues of identity, memory, and representation. She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally, and is known for her innovative use of digital technology in her work.

These are just a few examples of the many influential Australian Aboriginal photographers. Their work has played a crucial role in documenting the stories and struggles of Indigenous Australians, as well as their cultural heritage, traditions, and contemporary experiences.