The first Aboriginal female photojournalist of her calibre in Australia, McGrady's photographs present a previously unseen perspective on key political and social events.
McGrady’s career spans more than thirty years. Her photographs are important historical documents of the political and social events experienced by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and families of the Redfern, Surry Hills and Waterloo communities.
As visual records, our understanding of a photographic image is shaped by our own social and personal position within a history. As a Gomeroi/Gamilaraay woman, McGrady offers a unique and valued perspective on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continued struggle for recognition, alongside their significant contribution to Australian life through sport, performance and culture.
This resource for teachers, parents and students was developed in partnership with Reconciliation Australia.
This learning resource is closely aligned with the Australian Curriculum:
- The Arts: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts
- Health and Physical Education: Movement and Physical Activity
- Humanities and Social Science; History, Civic and Citizenship, ATSI Histories and Culture
Complemented by NITV & ACP Online Resource
Image: Barbara McGrady, Anthony Mundine V Joshua Clotty, WBA middle weight title fight, Entertainment Centre, April 2014. Courtesy of the artist.