Mervyn Bishop, a Murray man, was the first Aboriginal person to work at a major metro daily newspaper, joining the Sydney Morning Herald in 1962. In 1971 he was named Australian Press Photographer of the Year. He would go on to cover major events, including the anti-war protests of the 1960s, the Bicentennial in 1988, and Aboriginal community life in remote regions of Australia.
He was also a photography lecturer at the University of Sydney, a film photographer, and he held his first retrospective solo show in the 1990s.
His work was featured at the Art Galley of New South Wales as part of NAIDOC Week, a commemoration of the resilience, culture and achievements of Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander people.