Aunty Barbara McGrady is a leading First Nations photo-journalist. Her photographs form a significant visual record of First Nations identity and contemporary representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly the positive contributions they make to culture and community. This is especially true of Aunty Barbara’s photography at sporting events, including games at the NSW Koori Knockout, NRL and AFL, as well as boxing title fights.
This collection of Aunty Barbara’s photographs includes images which show powerful and empowering images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples against backdrops of historical, social, political, and cultural change in Australian society. Our warriors on the sporting ground, activists on the streets, mob dancing up our culture, sistagirls out to party, our proud Elders – these photographs celebrate our people.
The acquisition of these images was funded by a grant from the Patricia Porritt Collection Acquisition Fund.