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David Hindley

In this podcast David talks about his photography during the period of homosexual law reform (1985/86).

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This summary is about a 33-minute audio interview with David Hindley, a photographer and member of the Pink Triangle magazine collective, conducted by Gareth Watkins and recorded in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, on June 10, 2011. During the interview, Hindley discusses their work capturing the significant moments of the homosexual law reform in New Zealand during 1985 and 1986. Pink Triangle magazine, a community-based, non-profit publication, served as an activist platform for the gay and lesbian community and was central to reporting the events of that period.

The interview begins with a description of Pink Triangle's role and coverage during the homosexual law reform campaign. Despite being Wellington-based, the magazine had nationwide distribution and contributors. Hindley recalls taking photographs to illustrate the magazine's news stories and to document the historic events happening in their community. Many of the images were taken in Wellington, but some events in Auckland were also captured.

Hindley explains achieving access to photograph key moments from advantageous points by simply acting with the resolve of a journalist, a training that emboldened them to enter areas where crucial stories unfolded. Media interest in the homosexual law reform campaign was intense, driven by the political battle it stirred, including the high-profile involvement of groups like the Salvation Army and controversial petitions against the bill.

The photographs Hindley took serve as a poignant visual history. After the arson attack on a lesbian and gay rights resource center, for example, images captured the aftermath, including a scrawled word 'fag' humorously inscribed in correction fluid, which underscored the hostile climate of the times. Despite these challenges, Hindley's photographs reveal a community in resistance and celebration, from street marches to rallies and debates.

Hindley reflects on the emotional and historical significance of these photographs. They were taken using a Canon A1 SLR camera with a black and white film which was processed in a laundry flat, underscoring the DIY ethic of the era. Subjects ranged from supportive bystanders to uncomfortable participants wary of the personal risks of being openly associated with the gay community during such a contentious time.

Throughout the interview, reflections on specific events such as demonstrations outside the Salvation Army building, various anti-bill and pro-reform rallies, and lively debates challenge preconceptions of public opinion. Opposition and support coexisted in the public reaction to the perilous and triumphant moments of the law reform effort, from heated confrontations in town hall meetings to anti-reform rallies turned chaotic by activism.

Hindley's collection captures the diverse faces and voices that participated in this epoch. From the "Ban the Bonnet" banners indicative of the community's humor as a tool of protest to the Bigot Busters rallies echoing the zeitgeist of the Ghostbusters era, these photographs document not just resistance, but a transformative moment in New Zealand's social history, embodying the spirit of the community's struggle for equality.

The interview concludes with Hindley urging current and future activists to carefully preserve their photographs, especially in the digital age, to ensure the material testament of their efforts survives for future generations. The historical importance of these images, as well as their personal contributions as testament to a pivotal period of change, are recognized by their archiving at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, and through exhibitions commemorating the passage of the bill.

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Record date:10th June 2011
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-003892).
URL:https://www.pridenz.com/david_hindley_images.html