Ricky Maynard has made it his life's work to tell the story of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. By using photography as a tool to effect social change, Maynard has crafted this series of twelve black and white photographic portraits that observe how Tasmanian Aboriginal men are affected by systemic and historic disempowerment. 

Resonating with resilience, this body of work exposes an enduring spirit in each of the men, despite the shared burden of a brutal history.

Ricky Maynard

detail: Ricky Maynard, Ben Lomond and Cape Portland people, Tasmania, born 1953, Launceston, Tasmania, Sean, from the series, Saddened Were the Hearts of Many Men, 2015, Launceston, Cape Barren Island and Flinders Island, Tasmania, gelatin-silver photographs, 45.0 x 45.0 cm (image), 60.5 x 60.5 cm (sheet); Acquisition through TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art supported by BHP 2017, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, © Ricky Maynard