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?'
|Title of host publication||Calling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publisher||Aboriginal Studies Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|