Donald Thomson in Arnhem Land by Donald Thomson, edited by Nicolas Peterson

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April 2004, no. 260
John Mulvaney reviews 'Donald Thomson in Arnhem Land' by Donald Thomson, edited by Nicolas Peterson

Donald Thomson in Arnhem Land

by Donald Thomson, edited by Nicolas Peterson

Miegunyah Press, $49.95 hb, 264 pp

Donald Thomson in Arnhem Land by Donald Thomson, edited by Nicolas Peterson

Reviewed by
April 2004, no. 260

Donald Thomson’s stature as a great Australian and a champion of Aboriginal rights is confirmed by this engaging compilation. Thomson was also a world leader in ethnographic field photography. Published first in 1983, this revised edition contains a gallery of eighty additional evocative, annotated images of vibrant people and their ways of living. Today’s evaluation contrasts with that around the time of Thomson’s death in 1970, when his reputation reached its nadir. Most anthropologists then disparaged his work, few appreciated the richness and complexity of his collections, while only one academic book testified to his credentials.

John Mulvaney reviews 'Donald Thomson in Arnhem Land' by Donald Thomson, edited by Nicolas Peterson

Donald Thomson in Arnhem Land

by Donald Thomson, edited by Nicolas Peterson

Miegunyah Press, $49.95 hb, 264 pp

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