Born 1986 Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Lives and works in
Through his photographic practice, James Tylor examines the loss of Indigenous cultural identity in contemporary Australia. Combining drawing with analogue and digital photographic techniques, he uses historical photographic processes such as the daguerreotype and ambrotype that were often used to document Indigenous peoples and the European colonisation of the continent. He also experiments with contemporary techniques of colouring, tearing and scratching the prints, incorporating elements from oral histories and archival research. In recent works, he has created and photographed culturally hybrid versions of tools, shelters, and other significant objects that reflect his own diverse heritage, which comprises Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa), European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Iberian and Norwegian) and Australian ancestry. The histories of colonisation and migration — and their profound impact on Indigenous cultures and relationship to place and spirituality — are central to his practice.