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An image of Demonstration, Opening Bicentennial, NSW by Sandy Edwards

Sandy Edwards

(New Zealand, Australia 1948 – )

Demonstration, Opening Bicentennial, NSW
printed 1991
Media category
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph

39.7 x 26.7 cm image; 50.3 x 40.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l. verso, pencil "... 1988/ Sandy Edwards 1991"
Purchased with funds provided by the J.S. Watkins Memorial Fund 1991
Accession number
© Sandy Edwards
Not on display
Further information

This photograph 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.

Bibliography (1)

Judy Annear, Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Sydney, 2005, (illus.). no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (2)

Recent Acquisitions - Australian Photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Oct 1992–06 Dec 1992

Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Nov 2005–29 Jan 2006