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Joey Chan
Video: 1 minute 32 seconds

- Yeah, I'm from Melbourne. And I have been a film photographer for about, I don't know, a good 10 years. And it wasn't until realising the importance of capturing loved ones that I started to document my grandma. Feeling a bit emotional. Took this portrait and it was the last photo I took of her. And yeah, it's just really overwhelming to just kinda see her here and yeah, be amongst just phenomenal group of photographers, yeah.

- It's an absolutely beautiful portrait, you should be so proud. And I'm very glad that she would be here with you in the spirit, here at the National Photographic Portrait Prize launch.

- Thank you.

- It sounds like she was an amazing woman.

- Oh, she's a, yeah, she was so strong and hilarious and just didn't understand this generation, but just, yeah, her grit, her resilience in her entire life. I just yeah, take a lot from her and I hope, that is a constant reminder. And also a reminder to everyone to just document loved ones whenever, it doesn't matter how good it is, but also get work printed. And I think work should be existing outside of Instagram and social media. So seeing it live printed is just like a next level of satisfaction, yeah.

- Thank you.

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