A Photographic Odyssey in the Australian Outback

Adam Ferguson, an Australian photographer, has covered geopolitical issues the world over, from India and Greece to Afghanistan and, more recently, Niger. Earlier this year he returned to his home country and embarked on a three-month, 12,000-mile odyssey across Australia’s vast interior. His resulting report, “Through the Outback,” explores the land and its people — and the complicated, evolving relationship that binds them.

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Nancy Jackson, an Australian-Aboriginal elder, picks wild tobacco near Warakurna Community in Western Australia. Credit Adam Ferguson for The New York Times