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Sandy Edwards

New Zealand, Australia

1948 -


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.




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Materials used

12 gelatin silver photographs


12 photographs: each 9.8 x 14.4 cm image; 10.3 x 15.0 cm sheet; 69.0 x 102.2 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


CSR Photography Project Collection - Bicentennial Gift of CSR Limited 1988


Not on display

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Artist information

Sandy Edwards

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 5 publications


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

Natasha Bullock, Look, 'The photo as document', pg.24-7, Sydney, Jun 2004, 25-7.

Ewen McDonald and Judy Annear (Editors), What is this thing called photography? Australian photography 1975-1985, Annandale, 2000, 45 (illus.). Illustration is a detail

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

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art and Australia (Vol. 26, No. 1), Sydney, Spring 1988, 57 (illus.).