Photographing Kooris: photography and exchange in Victoria

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Abstract

From their first encounters with photography, Kooris - the Indigenous people of Victoria - showed an active interest in the medium. They saw and engaged with photographs in the form of daguerreotypes within a decade of white settlement of the colony of Port Phillip - even before the first portraits of Aboriginal people were produced. In this chapter I examine historical interactions between photography and Indigenous people in the Port Phillip district - known from 1851 as Victoria - and the rich and vital meanings photographs have today. My guiding question has been 'How does photography express the process of crosscultural exchange?'
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCalling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies
EditorsJane Lydon
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAboriginal Studies Press
Pages103-130
ISBN (Print)9781922059598
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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