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Flash

Australian Athletes in Focus

Previous exhibition from Saturday 15 July 2006 until Sunday 12 November 2006

The National Portrait Gallery’s photographic exhibition Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus explores various interpretations of Australian sporting men and women.

Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick
Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick. © Robin Sellick

Although working in the medium most associated with sport, the photographers do not necessarily portray their subjects’ sporting prowess and achievements. Instead, all the photographers investigate the personal dimensions of elite athletes. While some of the artists focus on the social aspects of sport and on particular groups within the broader Australian sporting community, others celebrate and acknowledge the sporting achievements of Indigenous Australians.

Flash brings together the work of five Australian photographers, drawn from around Australia. The artists, Sahlan Hayes, Leah King-Smith, Selina Ou, Robin Sellick and Toni Wilkinson, have been specially commissioned for the exhibition. The National Portrait Gallery has worked extensively with these individual photographers over the past year. During this period, the photographers have developed and honed their concepts prior to the implementation of their series. The resulting series of photographs illustrate a range of styles and techniques, with a number of the artists extending from their usual practice, and provide an inquiry into aspects of our sporting stars seldom explored in mainstream sport photography.

16 portraits

1Harry Kewell, 2006 Robin Sellick. © Robin Sellick. 2John Newcombe, 2006 Robin Sellick. © Robin Sellick.

Related people

Andrew Sayers AM (curator)

Christine Clark (curator)

Flash tour dates

Originally shown at the National Portrait Gallery
Saturday 15th July until Sunday 12th November 2006

Silvershot Gallery

Saturday 4th March until Wednesday 12th April 2006

Related information

Tim Bonyhady, 2015 Andrew Sayers AM
Tim Bonyhady, 2015 Andrew Sayers AM
Tim Bonyhady, 2015 Andrew Sayers AM
Tim Bonyhady, 2015 Andrew Sayers AM

At easel

Magazine article by Tim Bonyhady, 2016

Tim Bonyhady recalls his experience as sitter for his close friend and former National Portrait Gallery Director, the late Andrew Sayers.

Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes
Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes
Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes
Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes

Sir Henry Barkly

Portrait story

An interview with former National Portrait Gallery Director, Andrew Sayers, who describes the portrait of Sir Henry Barkly by Thomas Clark.

Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes
Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes
Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes
Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes

Kym Bonython

'The man and his cap'

Portrait story

Former National Portrait Gallery Director, Andrew Sayers, describes John Brack's portrait of Kym Bonython.

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Celebrities on the field

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

Robin Sellick's portraits of Australian sportspeople include Harry Kewell, Adam Scott, Shane Warne, Mark Webber and John Newcombe.

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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 both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.