Tiwi Portraits – open edition

about Tiwi portraits: Traditional Pukumani law prohibits the mention of the name of a deceased person for a considerable period, sometimes as long as twelve months. The same taboo applies to images of a deceased person. If this law had been applied to my photographs, I would not have been able to publish “Tiwi”, or “Portrait of a People”. The Tiwi Land Council agreed to drop this restriction to enable me to publish, nevertheless I always asked my sitters for permission to take their portrait. A few people declined to be photographed and that is their right. I have sent pictures to many Tiwi to keep, and I believe they are proud to have them. There are many more Tiwi portraits in “Portrait of a People”, which is still available in my bookshop, and nearly a hundred more in my Indigenous Australians Limited Edition Gallery.

About Open Edition Images. Most images can be purchased as photographs, or as digital files for commercial use for publication or advertising.

  • Photographs are digitally printed on demand on 28 x 35cm archival paper, showing the title, the date the image was photographed, and are signed by Heide. The image size will vary, but will usually be 20 x 25cm. The price, including free postage and GST in Australia, is $175. (Contact me for overseas postage). To purchase online, click on the image chosen and follow the instructions
  • Digital Files are only provided for specific commercial use. Rates and limitations on use will vary according to the proposed usage. Minimum charge is $220 including GST.

For more information, or to purchase larger sizes, or hire images, please use the “contact us” form at the foot of each page, listing the image title and ID number, or phone 0244761171. Viewers should be aware this collection contains references to, and images of deceased people.


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