My teenage years are vivid. After a childhood marred by sadness I relished in the independence of
being able to rebel. I was shaped by those wild years, though the only physical evidence remaining
are the scars on my arms, my teen years have made me an uncommonly calm adult.
Daisy, Shania and Teeya are three young women from the same family. Over the years in which
Magee has photographed them, the relationship between sitter and photographer has allowed for a
collaborative practice in which the girls are allowed autonomy over their representation.
Experiencing their first heartbreak and other universal rights of adolescent passage in combination
with poverty, crime, lack of education and systemic neglect of their mental health, the girl’s teenage
years end abruptly with the birth of a child.
Statistically teenagers in Australia are healthier and more privileged than ever before however for girls
like Daisy, Shania and Teeya, intergenerational poverty, mental illness and lack of education paints a
Bio — Morganna Magee is an Australian social documentary photographer and educator based in
Melbourne,Victoria. Morganna’s work centres around long term projects in which the relationship
between photographer and subject challenge the traditional notion of the impartial gaze of the
photographer. To date her personal work has explored the issues and complexities around disability,
grief and womanhood. Morganna is a founding member of Lumina Collective. Her images have
appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Age, The Big Issue, The Weekend Australian
magazine, Art and Australia magazine, Broadly,com, Wooden toy Quarterly, Lostateminor, and Black
and White Magazine. Morganna lectures in Photo Imaging at Swinburne University of Technology.