Sydney Deaf & Hard of Hearing Photographers (SDHP) was established in 2014 by Deaf photographer, Sue Wright

SDHP explores different themes and perspectives of photography through Auslan (Australian Sign Language) in monthly meet ups, trips and educational events. It is the first group of its kind in Australia.

Since 2014, Sydney Deaf & Hard of Hearing Photographers has grown over time, gaining access to voluntary opportunities offered by other community organisations for photography activity.

SDHP works collaboratively with organisations and other artists with the aim to achieve access and equity for deaf and hard of hearing photographers.

I am passionate about art, and I use photography to tell my story.

As a deaf person, I’m a visual person and I rely sign language, Auslan (Australian Sign Language) for communication.

In the past, I’ve attended photography meet ups organised by hearing people but it was not the same culture as deaf’s world. Now we get regularly 7-10 deaf people attending our monthly meet up and it has broader their skills into something they never done before because of the communication. That communication make a lot easier for them to share knowledge and formed friendships. It’s much more relaxed environment.
— Sue Wright, Founder
Sue Wright

Sue Wright

Sue Wright and SDHP's committees, (from left to right) Peter Psathas, David Wimble, Ben Bradbury and Alex Nyam. 

Sue Wright and SDHP's committees, (from left to right) Peter Psathas, David Wimble, Ben Bradbury and Alex Nyam. 

One of most successful meet-ups at Helenburgh Tunnel

One of most successful meet-ups at Helenburgh Tunnel


AchieveMENTs


  • Partnership with Campbelltown Arts Centre's 'Photography & Stories' in 2017, a professional development for emerging deaf and hard of hearing photographers with Auslan interpreters. 
  • Seven weeks photography course with TAFE, Ultimo with over 13 deaf & hard of hearing students with Auslan interpreters and notetaker.  
Photography and Stories Workshop with Kate Disher-Quill, Campbelltown Arts Centre

Photography and Stories Workshop with Kate Disher-Quill, Campbelltown Arts Centre

TAFE Photography, Ultimo

TAFE Photography, Ultimo

  • SDHP's first exhibition in 2017, "your photography, your style"with seven photographers from our group.
  • SDHP's first stall at Deaf Festival in 2016 and run another stall in 2017.
  • Successful grant with Accessible Arts' Artist Run Initiative Project in 2016.
  • Over 200 members and growing.