The Forest Wars
The Great Tasmanian story is the story of the forests. They are contested sites of drama, passion, and pain. The forest wars made public the relationship between big business, corporate interest and governance and shined a light on the power of community activism (and the broader protest movement) to call out corruption and threats to democracy and to protect the natural world.
The Forest Wars is Matthew Newton’s 20-year documentation of the struggle for Tasmania’s forests, which continues today. He bears witness to show battlegrounds rarely accessible to the public. He hopes to provoke reactions of care and empathy to fuel a desire for real change.
Matthew Newton is a photographer, cinematographer and director based in Hobart, Tasmania. He has shot feature documentaries for festival releases and national broadcasts and regularly photographs for editorial and news publications throughout Australia.
Newton has been a finalist in the National Portrait Prize, the Moran Prize for Contemporary Photography and the Bowness Photographic Prize. He has been recognised for his work documenting the struggle for Tasmania’s forests, as a finalist in the Australian of the Year and Walkley awards for journalism.
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