Photographer Penny Tweedie is known for her unique collection of photographs of the Australian Aborigines. Tweedie has produced an historic record of aboriginal life and customs. Having lived with and photographed many Aboriginal artists and their families in Arnhem Land, her collection includes Aboriginal lifestyle, family life, traditional culture, tribal and clan practises, hunting, gathering, corrborrees, traditional healing, medicine men, education and Aboriginal art.
Penny Tweedie's privileged relationship with particular clan elders has has made it possible for her to photograph Aboriginal sacred sites, secret-sacred rock art, and ceremony business. Penny's exclusive access to initiation ceremonies and tribal rites during which she photographed body painting and face painting and traditional totems.
Over 25 years she has gathered exclusive and extensive photographic coverage of Aboriginal development and the changing way of life in remote Aboriginal communities.
Tweedie's Aboriginal photographs have been published in many books and magazines worldwide. She has photographed Aboriginal politics, demonstrations and landrights including the famous photograph of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam handing back the land at the first successful Aboriginal land claim.
Her book and exhibition "Indigenous Australia STANDING STRONG" covering successful Aboriginal Australians was the solo exhibition at the Sydney Olympics, toured Australia and now part of the Australian National Portrait Gallery collection.
Penny Tweedie's books "This My Country", "Spirit of Arnhem Land" and "Indigenous Australia STANDING STRONG" have contributed to her being the world's leading photographer of the Australian Aborigines.
Photojournalist Penny Tweedie has worked in 84 countries covering news, people, personalities, environment, industry, travel and food for many publications. Conflicts photographed include Northern Ireland, the Bangladesh war 1971, Israel's Yom Kippur war, Vietnam war victims and East Timor.
Tweedie has photographed world-wide for Charities including Save the Children, Oxfam, and Christian Aid covering HIV Aids, poverty, famine, disasters, floods, tsunami, land mines and genocide.
Tweedie was the commissioned stills photographer for films "Bourke and Wills", "We of the Never Never", "Yolngu Boy" and "Rabbit Proof Fence".
Penny Tweedie has over a million photographs in her extensive collection and now shoots digitally, her images supplied on CD and DVD.
Penny Tweedie has exhibited in many countries, given lecture tours and won Australia's much prized 'Walkley Award' for her photographs of Aboriginal Australians. Her most recent Aboriginal story is published in the Australian Geographic Magazine October 2006.
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