Collected from across her social media platforms, whether they reference the rugby field or the stage, in celebration or in protest, Barbara McGrady’s photographs each present bodies in unified motion. A raised fist or two hands clapping; bodies tensed or relaxed; through their description of movement, these images remind us the power and nuance of collective activity. McGrady’s camera bears witness to the shared spirit of First Nations creative and multi-generational expression, through dynamic images that centre the joy and resilience of contemporary Aboriginal life and culture in urban Sydney.
Aunty Barbara McGrady is a leading First Nations photo-journalist. Her photographs form a significant visual record of First Nations identity and contemporary representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly the positive contributions they make to culture and community. This is especially true of Aunty Barbara’s photography at sporting events, including games at the NSW Koori Knockout, NRL and AFL, as well as boxing title fights.