Historically, photographs of Indigenous Australians were produced in unequal and exploitative circumstances. Today, however, such images represent a rich cultural heritage for descendants, who see them in distinctive and positive ways. Calling the shots brings together researchers who are using this rich archive to explore Aboriginal history, to identify relatives, and to reclaim culture. It reverses the colonial gaze to focus on the interactions between photographer and Indigenous people - and the living meanings the photos have today. The result is a fresh perspective on Australia's past, and on present-day Indigenous identities.

'The volume provides an unprecedented platform for Aboriginal Australians to voice their perspectives about photography and present their own research and/or photographic collections ... as a reader/viewer, you cannot but marvel at the palpable connection between the photographer and the photographed.' -Marianne Riphagen, Oceania, vol. 85, issue 1, 2015



ISBN: 9781922059598
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 1 Apr 2014
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publication City, Country: Canberra, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23(H) x 15.2(L) x 2(W)
Weight (gm): 480



This collection brings us the richness of rarely seen images and rarely heard Indigenous Australian perspectives on photography that engages their past, present, and future with great insight and sensitivity. Professor Faye Ginsburg, New York University, Director, Center for Media, Culture and History This book allows us to unpack, re-piece and juxtapose divergent photographic stories about how and why photographs of Aboriginal people were made and kept. Read on and see, feel and share the unravellingthere has been change in the air, and it just got crisper. Brook Andrew, Aboriginal artist.


Author Biography

Jane Lydon is an Australian research Council Future Fellow at the university of Western Australia. She has worked in Australian heritage for twenty-seven years. Her previous books include Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australiansand The Flash of recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights
Calling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies

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