Saltwater People of the Broken Bays: Sydney's Northern Beaches

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Cyclops Press, 2011 - Aboriginal Australians - 315 pages
Saltwater People of the Broken Bays explores the incredible history and natural beauty of the coastline between North Head and Barrenjoey. These golden beaches found along this coastline were the birthplace of Australian beach culture. Manly Beach and neighbouring Freshwater are the home to where beach bathing, surf life saving and board-riding all began in this country. What is not so well known is the strong link to the ocean of the Aboriginal clans who enjoyed a highly sustainable lifestyle along this coastline for 20,000 years before the arrival of the Europeans. The book reveals the spirit of the northern beaches through the lens of history, and explores our relationship with that energized zone where the ocean meets the shore. Cyclops Press also hopes that Saltwater People of the Broken Bays will raise awareness about the need to preserve threatened Eora rock art, and champions the construction of a permanent site on the northern beaches acknowledging the first people.

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About the author (2011)

John Ogden is a creative photographer, filmmaker, writer, publisher, and artist based in Avalon, Sydney. Ogden’s career began as a photojournalist in Southeast Asia during the last days of the Vietnam War, later extending his practice to cinematography in multiple genres of filmmaking. Cyclops Press is Ogden’s boutique publishing company, dedicated to promoting Australian photography. His first book, Australienation (1999), featured his own black and white humanist photography and addressed the reconciliation between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and the various tribes and many races that subsequently settled in this Great Southern Land. An equally emotive record of the first Australians, Portraits from a Land Without People, published in 2009, is now acknowledged as the most comprehensive pictorial history to document Aboriginal culture yet produced. The recently published companion books Saltwater People of the Broken Bays and Saltwater People of the Fatal Shore celebrate the rich history of Sydney’s beaches. These books include powerful images by many of Australia’s most recognized photographers, and is a showcase for the work of a mix of Sydney’s contemporary photographers.

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