Lindt’s pho­tographs come to life

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THE his­tory of the Clarence Val­ley Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple since Euro­pean ar­rival has been writ­ten for the first time.

This his­tory is part of the Grafton Re­gional Gallery’s ma­jor new pub­li­ca­tion Pho­tographs Are Never Still, a cat­a­logue on the John Wil­liam Lindt Col­lec­tion.

The his­tory is one of the out­comes of the search for the iden­tity of the Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in the Lindt pho­tographs that started when the pho­tographs were do­nated to the gallery in 2004.

Gallery di­rec­tor Jude McBean said Pho­tographs Are Never Still pre­sented all of the in­for­ma­tion about the gallery’s Lindt pho­tographs.

“Our pho­tographs are fi­nally in con­text,” she said. “Each pho­to­graph has a story. The ti­tle of this sig­nif­i­cant book re­flects how John Wil­liam Lindt’s 1873 pho­tographs con­tinue to re­veal in­for­ma­tion, cre­ate change, in­spire peo­ple and de­velop their sto­ries.”

She said the 240-page cat­a­logue was the cul­mi­na­tion of the ma­jor re­search projects over­seen by the Lindt Re­search Group and sup­ported by The Gallery Foun­da­tion, Uni­ver­sity of New Eng­land and Clarence Val­ley Coun­cil.

“The re­search projects con­ducted in 2010 and 2014 have been sig­nif­i­cant na­tion­ally in show­ing it is pos­si­ble to iden­tify peo­ple in pho­tographs taken in the 1870s. This has great mean­ing for many com­mu­ni­ties who hold sim­i­lar pho­tographs in their pub­lic col­lec­tions,” she said.

PHOTO: JW LINDT COL­LEC­TION COUR­TESY GRAFTON RE­GIONAL GALLERY

IDEN­TI­FIED: Orara Wil­liams, re­searched in Pho­tographs Are Never Still.

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