That Picture - Nicky Winmar and the History of an Image

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Klugman, Matthew ORCID: 0000-0002-0554-6761 and Osmond, Gary ORCID: 0000-0002-4866-3765 (2009) That Picture - Nicky Winmar and the History of an Image. Australian Aboriginal Studies (2). pp. 80-91. ISSN 0729-4352


In April 1993 Australian Rules footballer Nicky Winmar responded to on-field racist abuse by lifting his jersey and pointing to his chest. The photographic image of that event is now famous as a response to racial abuse and has come to be seen as starting a movement against racism in football. The racial connotations in the image might seem a foregone conclusion: the power, appeal and dominant meaning of the photograph might appear to be self-evident. But neither the fame of the image nor its racial connotation was automatic. Through interviews with the photographers and analysis of the use of the image in the media, we explore how that picture came to be of such symbolic importance, and how it has remained something to be re-shown and emulated. Rather than analyse the image as a photograph or work of art, we uncover some of its early history and explore the debates that continue to swirl around its purpose and meaning. We also draw attention to the way the careful study of photographs might enhance the study of sport, race and racism.

Item type Article
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
Historical > SEO Classification > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Keywords ResPubID18185, Australian football, racism, athletes, Aboriginal Australian, discrimination in sports
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