R E V I E W I N G A S IA N F OOD I N 1 9 7 0 s A U S TRALIA : TAA S A Q LD A W ARD W I N N I N G R E S E AR C H AT T H E U N I V E R S IT Y O F Q U E E N S LA N D – TAASA Review March 2016


This article was originally found in the March 2016 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 25, Issue 1, Page 18).

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Gael Newton O n Wednesday 30 September 2015 I was honoured to be one of three keynote speakers at the 19th annual University of Queensland (UQ) School of Communication and Arts postgraduate Work in Progress (WiP) Conference.

This was possibly the first occasion the WiP specifically sought and included Asian visual art research. My presence was part of the inaugural TAASA (QLD) sponsored WiP Asian art panel discussion.

My talk compared two pioneer indigenous professional photographers in Southeast Asia: Javanese Kassian C├ęphas (1844-1912), official photographer to the Yogyakarta sultanate from the 1870s to early 1900s, and Shapoor N Bhedwar (1858-1916), the Bombay Parsi and studio photographer who studied Pictorialist art photography in London and made allegorical series referencing aspects of Persian/Parsi and mystical Hindu narratives in the 1890s (see TAASA Review vol 23, no...