Mervyn Bishop

A celebration of a central figure in Australian photography from the Art Gallery of NSW collection

BAMM is pleased to announce Mervyn Bishop, an exhibition touring from the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ collection. Mervyn Bishop is a prolific photographer whose records of culture, politics and people have contributed greatly to an understanding of Australia’s history.

In 1963 Mervyn Bishop left his home town of Brewarrina, venturing to Sydney where he began a cadetship at the Sydney Morning Herald becoming Australia’s first Aboriginal press photographer. In 1971 he won the News Photographer of the Year Award and later went on to work at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in Canberra in 1974. Throughout his career he covered major developments in Aboriginal communities throughout Australia.

This exhibition includes many of Mervyn Bishop’s now-iconic images, spontaneous shots that derive from his career as a press photographer and intimate moments with his family and friends, all drawn from the Art Gallery of NSW’s collection.

The Moree community featured regularly in Mervyn’s work over decades bringing a local connection to his long engagement with regional Australia and especially Aboriginal peoples.