Sandy Edwards – Bio

Sandy Edwards is a key figure in Australian photography, known widely for a deeply personal approach to documentary image making that focuses on the portrayal of women and Aboriginal communities. Her sensitive and evocative photographs are taken with an intuitive response to feelings, people and place. By considering the intersection of human lives she broadens the genre of portraiture to explore inter-relational themes such as trust, love and community.

Edwards’ images have been exhibited widely throughout key institutions in Australia, including in notable group exhibitions What’s in a face?: aspects of portrait photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2011-2012); Points of View, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2005-2006); Close Relations, Australian Centre for Photography (1998); and Shades of Light: Photography in Australia 1939-1988, National Gallery of Australia (1988). During 2005-2006 her work Sleep Late featured on Melbourne's Mirvac Yarra's Edge Tower billboard. Her acclaimed series Paradise is a place is published by Random House with text by Gillian Mears. She is represented in collections at National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Parliament House, Monash Gallery of Art and in many private collections. Edwards is the Creative Producer of ARTHERE and has curated several major photographic public art programs including as joint curator of Sydney Airport 2000 Art Project, and Sydney Looking Forward, Art & About (2003).