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For more than 40 years courageous Gil Hanly has documented social change and protest in Aotearoa. Often she was one of a few, or sometimes, the only photographer covering a protest or an event. This has led people to ask “If a protest happened and Gil Hanly wasn’t there to photograph it, did that protest happen?”. (Kim Knight, NZ Herald, 15/9/18)
Hanly’s advice to young photographers to “photograph what you are involved with”, is what she has always done herself. She worked with feminist magazine Broadsheet, photographing women and feminist activity from 1972. Involved with the anti-nuclear and peace movements from the 1970s, she also documented significant events including annual Koroneihana and Waitangi Day commemorations, Land Rights protests, the 1981 Springbok Tour, the reclamation of Bastion Point and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.
She was also there when the Queen St riot broke out in 1984 and photographed the public outrage after schoolgirl Teresa Cormack was murdered in 1987. Always involved with plants and gardens, Hanly is also a well-known garden photographer.
In this excerpt from a RNZ interview Gil Hanly talks about her career.
Find out more about Gil Hanly:
Read this article: Gil Hanly: The protest photographer who made women seen.
Image: Gil Hanly, photograph by Jason Oxenham, courtesy NZ Herald.
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Interviewer: Noelle McCarthy, Saturday Morning, RNZ National