Marjorie in her 'wedding' dress, Dodge City, Brewarrina, from the series Brewarrina
New Zealand, Australia
This photograph of the NSW town of Brewarrina was taken as part of the bicentennial project and exhibition 'After 200 Years'. At the time there were many debates about the depiction of Indigenous Australians and their cultures. Concerned how they might be portrayed, many communities were reluctant to participate in a project organised and funded by the Bicentennial Authority.
The result was a departure from normal documentary photography. Each of the 20 communities taking part in the project worked with photographers in a collaborative process that gave the communities the opportunity to control the subject matter of the photographs, and ultimately the representation of themselves and their culture to the public.
gelatin silver photograph
26.3 x 38.9 cm image; 40.8 x 50.3 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. verso, pencil "... 1989/ Sandy Edwards 1991"
Purchased with funds provided by the J.S. Watkins Memorial Fund 1991
Not on display
© Sandy Edwards
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Recent Acquisitions - Australian Photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Oct 1992–06 Dec 1992
Critic's Choice, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Apr 1994–10 Jul 1994
Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Nov 2005–29 Jan 2006
What's in a face? aspects of portrait photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2011–05 Feb 2012
Referenced in 3 publications
Judy Annear, Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Sydney, 2005. no catalogue numbers
Judy Annear, Look, 'Points of view: changing attitudes and approaches in Australian photography 1985-95', pg.17-19, Sydney, Nov 2005, 17 (illus.).
Robert McFarlane, Critic's Choice, Sydney, 1994, 3 (illus.), 9. no catalogue numbers