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Working with the stars

Chris Lilley, Ja’mie, Private School Girl publicity by John Tsiavis
Chris Lilley, Ja’mie, Private School Girl publicity by John Tsiavis

Photographic portraiture constructs, projects and reinforces images of Australian personalities. The public persona, brand or personal image of an actor, comedian, presenter or musician is partly defined by their portrait – at least for a moment. The experience of being the subject of a still photograph is very different to performing for moving image. A strong sense of trust underpins the collaboration, allowing the performer to relax into the shoot and create the portrait. Each of these images encapsulates a story of a photoshoot – forging personal connections, reflecting nuances of personality in the image and conveying the joy of working with exceptional performers.

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Ryder Jack Susman in a Williamstown hairdresser by Abigail Varney
Ryder Jack Susman in a Williamstown hairdresser by Abigail Varney
Ryder Jack Susman in a Williamstown hairdresser by Abigail Varney
Ryder Jack Susman in a Williamstown hairdresser by Abigail Varney

PROMO

Portraits from prime time

Previous exhibition, 2014

This exhibition goes behind-the-scenes and into the spotlight with professional photographers and the stars of Australian television, music and comedy. Whether negotiating the logistics of a big publicity shoot or quietly capturing moments on set during filming, the photographers' stories are intriguing and compelling.

The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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