portraits of the Tiwi by heide smith


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.
Prices of my open edition images. Photographs are digitally printed on demand on A4 archival paper, showing the title, the date the image was photographed, and are signed by Heide. The image size will vary.The price, including free postage and GST in Australia, is $95. Contact me for overseas postage, Larger sizes are available - prices will be individually quoted.
Purchasing my limited edition images. See Limited Edition Photographs
To purchase an image: contact us on the form at the bottom of each page, including the collection and image title and ID number, or phone 0244761171.
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