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An image of Beti and Maria by Sandy Edwards

Sandy Edwards

(New Zealand, Australia 1948 – )

Beti and Maria
Media category
Materials used
5 gelatin silver photographs

5 photographs: each 9.8 x 14.4 cm image; 10.3 x 15.0 cm sheet; 38.8 x 102.2 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
CSR Photography Project Collection - Bicentennial Gift of CSR Limited 1988
Accession number
© Sandy Edwards
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (3)

Natasha Bullock, Australian postwar photodocumentary, Sydney, 2004. no catalogue numbers

CSR Limited, CSR 1855-2005 Celebrating 150 years, Sydney, 2005, 40-41 (illus.).

Robert McFarlane and Christine Godden, CSR Photography Project Collection: A bicentennial gift to the AGNSW, Sydney, 1988. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (2)

CSR Photography Project Collection: A bicentennial gift to the AGNSW, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Feb 1988–15 May 1988

Australian postwar photodocumentary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jun 2004–08 Aug 2004