Day 8: In the presence of greatness

Day 8: In the presence of greatness

Day 8: In the presence of greatness

Thursday, 8 January 2015

This is Mervyn Bishop, the first and, until 2008, only indigenous photographer at the Sydney Morning Herald. He is one of the defining figures of Australian photojournalism. His work includes the 1975 photo of Gough Whitlam pouring soil into the hands of Vincent Lingiari in recognition of the traditional ownership of Northern Territory lands by the Gurindji people. The photo has since become synonymous with the Aboriginal land rights movement. He spent an hour telling me about how the moment was captured.

It turns out my childhood was spent living 10 minutes’ drive from his house. His son, Tim, went to the same school as I did – he was in the year ahead of me.

I’ll be damned.

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