Aboriginal people weren’t necessarily the passive subjects of those early photographs. A new book, Calling the shots, tells the story of many keen indigenous photographers recording family and community life.

Even the more anthropological photos taken by white photographers at the time are now invaluable to Aboriginal people seeking to connect up family lines. The two women in this story worked on one chapter of the book, about Ngarrndjeri country and the Coorong area of South Australia.

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