The State Library of New South Wales is currently exhibiting the prestigious World Press Photo contest 2019 in partnership with JNI. As we contemplate and celebrate the power of photojournalism, photographer Rhett Wyman and journalist Ella Archibald-Binge from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age come together to discuss the Dalarinji Project.
Over the past 12 months, the project has sought to humanise the political rhetoric around Indigenous affairs. From the rainforests of Cape York to the dusty plains of western NSW, Rhett and Ella have been travelling the country to capture fresh perspectives on the summer bushfires, the Black Lives Matter movement and the Closing the Gap strategy. Here, they discuss the stories behind some of their favourite images from the project.
The World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 is free at the State Library of NSW, Macquarie St Sydney, from August 15 to October 18, 2020.
Ella was a Walkley Young Journalist of Year award winner in 2020. She began her career in regional newspapers before working at SBS and NITV. Ella currently covers Indigenous affairs for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age with the support of the Judith Nielson Institute. She is a proud descendant of the Kamilaroi people.
Rhett is a Palawa man and photographer for The Sydney Morning Herald. Together with journalist Ella Archibald-Binge, Rhett has been working on the Dalarinji Project, an initiative supported by the Judith Neilson Institute, which is examining important issues affecting First Nations Peoples.