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Portrait Photography Aboriginals – ‘Time travellers along the highway’

Photographic essay and portfolio on Aboriginal life from Outback Australia in 1988.

The term Outback came about in the 19th Century. It was used to refer to places that were ‘out the back of X (insert a place name). A similar term is ‘back of beyond’. 

Basically, it’s somewhere inland in Australia, a long way from the sea.

Recently I revisited my photo work in Australia from 33 years ago. This body of work was photographed in 1988 and published and exhibited previously in 1990. This time I scanned all the negatives and selected 37 images available for online blog portfolio, future exhibitions and book publication.The Hasselblad 6×6 camera and lenses and produced a timeless classic image quality. *Note all images are uncropped full frame 6×6 negatives, available as 50×50 cm prints.*All images are available for fine art printing and exhibition or collecting purposes.

Photography with a Hasselblad

Using the latest digital editing capabilities in 2020. Timeless black and white photography is the result. (* All photos are printed from the full negative.)

What I’ve made then and now see again is an almost an unreal experience of rediscovery, beauty, raw humanity and harsh reality from Australia from 1988.

Old photos brought back to life

For all the photos I took I got permission from the local tribe elder to be allowed to take these images. It was an honor and a self-confrontation given their culture. But more about that during my ‘Time travelers along the highway’ project.

*Warning:Some people in these pictures may have passed away.

Hasselblad photo 1988 aboriginal father with son portret outback australia stuart highway
Hasselblad photo 1988 Aboriginal father and son portrait near the town of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. – Michael Klinkhamer
Aboriginal young boy portrait Outback Australia 1988 © Michael Klinkhamer
aboriginal woman go alice springs outback australia 1988
Aboriginal woman in Darwin~ “Go Alice Springs” Outback Australia 1988