Gil Hanly attended the Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch in the early 1950s, where she originally trained as a painter. However, over the years she has developed a rich photographic practice documenting social change and protest in New Zealand from the 1960s onwards. Hanly documented the protests against the 1981 Springbok rugby tour, Maori land rights protests in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, including the 1983 Hikoi to Waitangi, and the Bastion Point protests of 1982. She was working as a photographer for Greenpeace in 1985 when the Rainbow Warrior was sunk by French intelligence agents in Auckland harbour, and took many of the iconic images documenting the ship’s sinking, recovery and the subsequent police investigation. She was associated with the feminist magazine Broadsheet (founded in 1972), and has also been deeply involved in the gardening scene in Auckland, photographing gardens and gardeners for numerous publications over the years. Gil Hanly resists being described as an artist, preferring to refer to herself as a “documenter.” However, her photography is both a record of New Zealand’s social and political history and a significant body of artwork in its own right. Gil Hanly is the widow of modernist painter Pat Hanly. She lives and works in Auckland.