Do you remember that photograph: the boy in the boat in the holiday waters? Do you remember #Mallacootafires ?

I had already forgotten. When I mentioned this, others too had forgotten. How?! The funeral pyre of a wilderness, the utter condemnation of a society that allowed climate change, the bravery…


Making the case for subject voice in narrative photography captions.

CW: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this article contains names and images of people who may have passed away.

Nancy Newhall’s essay ‘The caption’ (1952) sees her generation of narrative photographers on the brink of a new world: the rise of the wordless book of…


A response to Bruce Pascoe, Dark Emu

I have native grains in my field, myrnong in my vegetable garden. I want to know Dark Emu’s story.

A difficulty arises: Can I asses the use of landscape for surely it’s fixed in landscape? Can I assess the use of chronology for surely a history demands chronology? …


The colours are so subtle, the English couturists of the early 20th century had to turn to the French nomenclature, as their own language had failed them: eau de Nil, ecru, vielle rose, champagne, beige, taupe, verdigris, bleu francais, nue. The colours of a pre-teen girl’s unicorn pillows, a garden…

Pam Swanborough

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