Focus on photo exhibition after TV exposure

TUNING IN: Renowned didgeridoo player Kristian Benton plays for the crowd at the launch of the Lindt Exhibition Research Project at the Grafton Regional Gallery on Wednesday. Photo: Tim Howard
TUNING IN: Renowned didgeridoo player Kristian Benton plays for the crowd at the launch of the Lindt Exhibition Research Project at the Grafton Regional Gallery on Wednesday. Photo: Tim Howard Tim Howard

ANOTHER part in the puzzle that is the Lindt Collection of Aboriginal photographs at the Grafton Regional Art Gallery has fallen into place.

The gallery has launched a research project to discover the identity of the people German photographer J W Lindt photographed in the 19th Century.

A $66,000 grant from the University of New England augmented by $15,000 from the Australian History Society has allowed for the project to employ a researcher and research assistant to try identifying the individuals in the photographs in the exhibition.

Gallery director Jude McBean said that after The Light of Day program screened on television as part of the ABC's Australian Story series, information about the photographs has flooded into the gallery.

She said the project would give the Valley a history of its Aboriginal people.

"It won't be a complete history but it will be a history of what has happened to those people after the time of the white settlement," she said.

Businessman Sam Cullen, who bought the photographs at auction, said it would be wonderful to discover more about the people in the images.

"The photographer is famous, the exhibition is famous, but subjects have been forgotten," he said.

Australian Story producer Jennifer Feller said the broadcaster is looking at making a follow-up program in the future.

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