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	Image: Mervyn Bishop Warwick Thornton on the set of 'Payback’ 1996 (detail) © Mervyn Bishop

Celebrity talks: Mervyn Bishop, his life and work

Celebrating the career of one of the central figures in Australian photography

Mervyn Bishop is known for his intimate and timely photojournalism, including his now-iconic 1975 image of Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam pouring a handful of earth into the hand of Gurindji elder Vincent Lingiari.

Bishop’s work documents community life in Aboriginal Australia over five decades, first as Australia’s first Aboriginal press photographer when he worked for the Sydney Morning Herald and later as staff photographer for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in Canberra.

Join us for two evenings celebrating the career of this great cultural figure who has created some of Australia’s most memorable images.

Image: Mervyn Bishop Warwick Thornton on the set of 'Payback’ 1996 (detail) © Mervyn Bishop

Wednesdays 6.30pm
5, 12 July 2017


No bookings required

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Entrance court

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Related program: NAIDOC Week 2017

Slide night with Uncle Mervyn Bishop

As a young boy growing up in the western NSW town of Brewarrina, Mervyn Bishop began photographing family gatherings, friends and landscapes on his mum’s Kodak 620 camera. He then began hosting the backyard slide nights for which he would become renowned, telling the stories of his most recent adventures behind the camera. Join Uncle Mervyn as he re-creates his entertaining and fascinating slide shows on the Art After Hours stage as part of our NAIDOC Week celebrations.


Wednesday 5 July 2017 6:30pm – 7:15pm

Warwick Thornton

Aboriginal writer, director and artist Warwick Thornton worked closely with Mervyn Bishop on the films Payback (1996) and Photographic memory (1999), the latter documenting Bishop’s own life and work. Tonight, Warwick talks about photography, filmmaking and Uncle Mervyn’s influence on recent generations of young Aboriginal photographers and filmmakers.


Wednesday 12 July 2017 6:30pm – 7:15pm