Mervyn Bishop was the first Aboriginal press photographer in Australia, beginning his career as a cadet photographer with The Sydney Morning Herald in 1963. In 1971 he was voted News Photographer of the Year, but three years later he began work at the new Department of Aboriginal Affairs, travelling the country to document Aboriginal social history. In 1979 he returned to work at the Herald. Since 1986 he has worked as a freelance photographer and lecturer. His retrospective exhibition, In Dreams: Mervyn Bishop, Thirty Years of Photography 1960–1990, initially curated by Tracy Moffat, has been on tour for a decade. He worked as a stills photographer on Phil Noyce’s film Rabbit Proof Fence, and was awarded the Australia Council’s Red Ochre Award in December 2000.
Mervyn Bishop has created some of the most iconic press photographs of Australian history, and produced across his career, a powerful visual record of the social reality of Aboriginal people in Australia.
Portraits of Elders | 2017
A Galaxy of Suns Aleshia Lonsdale Alex Gawronski Andrew Christie Anne Graham Annemaree Dalziel Anya Rosen Artbank Artcodex Billy Gruner and Graham Davis King Boris Hunt Brad Allen-Waters Carol Warner Cementa poets Cementa Salon Ceramica Claire Conroy Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro Connie Anthes Frontyard Genevieve Murray Gilbert Grace Greg Pritchard Jack Randell Jacquelene Drinkall Jason Lujan John A Douglas John Conomos Julie Montgarrett and Sarah McEwan Justin Balmain Justin Cooper Kandos Art Group Kandos CWA Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation Kyle Ford Lauren Smith Linda Brescia Margaret Brooks Margaret Roberts Mark Shorter Melissa Staiger Mervyn Bishop Miriam Williamson Murrawuy and Kirrpatja Nicole Welch Opening Night Paris Norton Paul Gazzola Paul Greedy PYT | Fairfield s o d a c a k e Sach Catts Sarah Breen Lovett Sarah Waterson Scott 'Sauce' Towney Six Quick Chicks Skye Saxon Sound Night Super Critical Mass Teena McCarthy Terry Burrows The Mumps The Twilight Girls Thom Roberts Tim Burns Tony Albert Zanny Begg
Festival DATES 21 to 24 NOVEMBER 2019