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Collection: Icons

Volume One

Daily from Saturday 24 February 2018 until Sunday 3 June 2018
Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks
Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks

When a portrait communicates determination and individuality as boldly as these do, it has the potential to become an iconic image. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

In ancient Greece an eik┼Źn was a likeness of an exemplar, someone whose labours and deeds inspired our own striving. Later, medieval icon paintings depicted saints and deities.

1Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston. 2Cathy Freeman, 1995 Montalbetti+Campbell.

Two-thirds of the Gallery’s 2,600 portraits are photographs. Since its invention by French scientist Nicéphore Niépce two centuries ago, photography has become the dominant portrait medium of our time.

1Kurt Fearnley, 2012 Adam Knott. 2Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey. 3Carla Zampatti, 2015 Georges Antoni.

Collection: Icons Volume 2 opens on 7 June.

3 portraits

Lee Lin Chin, 2004. All George Fetting.

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Dr Christopher Chapman (curator)

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