(New Zealand, Australia 1948 – )
5 photographs: each 9.8 x 14.4 cm image; 10.3 x 15.0 cm sheet; 38.8 x 102.2 cm frame
In the hands of Sandy Edwards, photodocumentary is made both deeply personal and clearly political. Her photographs reveal a commitment to producing images of women in Australian society that challenge traditional representations of the female subject. She was born in New Zealand and trained in Sydney and London; an early foray into film and video led her into freelance photography. Edwards' work is based on close observation, made possible by the development of trust between the photographer and her subject. This photograph emerged from a commission that was part of the first stage of the CSR Photography Project. In Edwards words, 'I took a deep breath and plunged in with mind full of questions about the photographer's role and said... just show me where the women are'. The sequences are evocative of a range of social issues, including the monotony of women's work and the challenges of cultural difference in the workplace.
Robert McFarlane and Christine Godden, CSR Photography Project Collection: A bicentennial gift to the AGNSW, Sydney, 1988.
CSR Photography Project Collection: A bicentennial gift to the AGNSW, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Feb 1988–15 May 1988