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Portrait Photography from the Collection

Over the last five years the National Portrait Gallery has developed a collection of portrait photographs that reflects both the strength and diversity of Australian achievement as well as the talents of our photographers.

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In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 by Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 by Albert Tucker
Michael Hutchence, 1997 by Harry Borden
Michael Hutchence, 1997 by Harry Borden
Patrick White, 1980 by William Yang
Patrick White, 1980 by William Yang
Judy Davis, 1981 by William Yang
Judy Davis, 1981 by William Yang
Martin Sharp, 1980 by William Yang
Martin Sharp, 1980 by William Yang
Mel Gibson, 1982 by William Yang
Mel Gibson, 1982 by William Yang
Lewis Morley, 2003 by Sage
Lewis Morley, 2003 by Sage
Nora Heysen inside her home, Hunters Hill, Sydney, 2000 by Sage
Nora Heysen inside her home, Hunters Hill, Sydney, 2000 by Sage
Cate Blanchett, 1998 by Sage
Cate Blanchett, 1998 by Sage
George Gregan, 1999 (printed 2001) by Peter Brew-Bevan
George Gregan, 1999 (printed 2001) by Peter Brew-Bevan
Susie Porter, 2000 (printed 2001) by Peter Brew-Bevan
Susie Porter, 2000 (printed 2001) by Peter Brew-Bevan
Dawn Fraser, 1998 (printed 2001) by Peter Brew-Bevan
Dawn Fraser, 1998 (printed 2001) by Peter Brew-Bevan
Colin McCahon, Auckland, New Zealand, 1963 (printed 2000) by David Moore
Colin McCahon, Auckland, New Zealand, 1963 (printed 2000) by David Moore
David Gulpilil, Arnhem Land, 1981 (printed 2000) by David Moore
David Gulpilil, Arnhem Land, 1981 (printed 2000) by David Moore
David Potts reflected in a magazine page, c. 1949 (printed 2000) by David Moore
David Potts reflected in a magazine page, c. 1949 (printed 2000) by David Moore
Dawn Fraser, 1963 by David Moore
Dawn Fraser, 1963 by David Moore
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (printed 2000) by David Moore
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (printed 2000) by David Moore
Philip Noyce on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000) by David Moore
Philip Noyce on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000) by David Moore
President Johnson and Prime Minister Holt at Canberra Airport, 1966 (printed 2000) by David Moore
President Johnson and Prime Minister Holt at Canberra Airport, 1966 (printed 2000) by David Moore
Robert Helpmann, 1969 by David Moore
Robert Helpmann, 1969 by David Moore
Yvonne Audette, Vaucluse, Sydney, 1968 (printed 2000) by David Moore
Yvonne Audette, Vaucluse, Sydney, 1968 (printed 2000) by David Moore
Elle Macpherson, 2000 by Polly Borland
Elle Macpherson, 2000 by Polly Borland
Sir Les Patterson, 1999 by Polly Borland
Sir Les Patterson, 1999 by Polly Borland
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Rolf Harris, 1999 by Polly Borland
Professor Germaine Greer, 1999 by Polly Borland
Professor Germaine Greer, 1999 by Polly Borland
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Kylie Minogue, 1999 by Polly Borland
Fred Schepisi, c. 2000 by Kate Gollings
Fred Schepisi, c. 2000 by Kate Gollings
Victor and Loti Smorgon, 1995 (printed 2001) by Kate Gollings
Victor and Loti Smorgon, 1995 (printed 2001) by Kate Gollings
Ian Kiernan, 1996 by Kate Gollings
Ian Kiernan, 1996 by Kate Gollings
Sir Albert Victor Jennings, 1984 by Kate Gollings
Sir Albert Victor Jennings, 1984 by Kate Gollings
David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings, 1980 by Kate Gollings
David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings, 1980 by Kate Gollings
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Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 by Anne Zahalka
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Mandy Martin, 1990 by Anne Zahalka
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Self portrait, 1990 by Anne Zahalka
Jørn Utzon, 2000 by Ole Haupt
Jørn Utzon, 2000 by Ole Haupt
Douglas Carnegie, 1968 by Mark Strizic
Douglas Carnegie, 1968 by Mark Strizic
Robin Boyd, 1970 by Mark Strizic
Robin Boyd, 1970 by Mark Strizic
Sir Ian Potter, 1968 by Mark Strizic
Sir Ian Potter, 1968 by Mark Strizic
Norma Redpath, 1964 by Mark Strizic
Norma Redpath, 1964 by Mark Strizic
Matcham Skipper, 1963 by Mark Strizic
Matcham Skipper, 1963 by Mark Strizic
Sir Gustav Nossal, 1979 (printed 1981) by Mark Strizic
Sir Gustav Nossal, 1979 (printed 1981) by Mark Strizic
Sir Charles Moses, 1968 by Mark Strizic
Sir Charles Moses, 1968 by Mark Strizic
Rachel Griffiths, 2002 (printed 2004) by Karin Catt
Rachel Griffiths, 2002 (printed 2004) by Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) by Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) by Karin Catt
Phillip Noyce, 2002 (printed 2004) by Karin Catt
Phillip Noyce, 2002 (printed 2004) by Karin Catt
Rose Byrne, 2001 (printed 2004) by Karin Catt
Rose Byrne, 2001 (printed 2004) by Karin Catt
Jimmy Little, Dubbo Reconciliation Group Event, 2000 by Mervyn Bishop
Jimmy Little, Dubbo Reconciliation Group Event, 2000 by Mervyn Bishop
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 by Mervyn Bishop
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 by Mervyn Bishop
Cathy Freeman, 1994 by Montalbetti+Campbell
Cathy Freeman, 1994 by Montalbetti+Campbell
Glenn Murcutt, 1999 by Montalbetti+Campbell
Glenn Murcutt, 1999 by Montalbetti+Campbell
Louise Sauvage, 1996 (printed 1999) by Montalbetti+Campbell
Louise Sauvage, 1996 (printed 1999) by Montalbetti+Campbell
Alan Marshall, 1984 by Jacqueline Mitelman
Alan Marshall, 1984 by Jacqueline Mitelman
Rose Lindsay, 1970 by Anthony Browell
Rose Lindsay, 1970 by Anthony Browell
Lloyd Rees, 1970 by Anthony Browell
Lloyd Rees, 1970 by Anthony Browell
Sidney Nolan, 1964 by Axel Poignant
Sidney Nolan, 1964 by Axel Poignant
Arthur Boyd, 1962 by Axel Poignant
Arthur Boyd, 1962 by Axel Poignant
Albert and his wife Rubina, Macdonnell Ranges, 1946 by Axel Poignant
Albert and his wife Rubina, Macdonnell Ranges, 1946 by Axel Poignant
Peter Singer, 2002 by Juliet van Otteren
Peter Singer, 2002 by Juliet van Otteren
John Gorton, 1997 by Nathan Kelly
John Gorton, 1997 by Nathan Kelly
Jeff Kennett, 1999 by Hugh Stewart
Jeff Kennett, 1999 by Hugh Stewart
Nick Cave, 1994 by Bleddyn Butcher
Nick Cave, 1994 by Bleddyn Butcher
David McComb (of The Triffids), 1987 by Bleddyn Butcher
David McComb (of The Triffids), 1987 by Bleddyn Butcher
Nick Cave and Rowland S. Howard (of The Birthday Party), 1983 by Bleddyn Butcher
Nick Cave and Rowland S. Howard (of The Birthday Party), 1983 by Bleddyn Butcher
Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993 by John Elliott
Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993 by John Elliott
Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) by John Austin
Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) by John Austin
David Williamson, 1974 (printed 2001) by Gordon Glenn
David Williamson, 1974 (printed 2001) by Gordon Glenn
Peter Weir, 1974 (printed 2001) by Gordon Glenn
Peter Weir, 1974 (printed 2001) by Gordon Glenn
Andrew Sibley, painter, Sydney, 1960 by David Potts
Andrew Sibley, painter, Sydney, 1960 by David Potts
Self portrait, Cyprus, 1953 by David Potts
Self portrait, Cyprus, 1953 by David Potts
Ian Thorpe, 2002 by James Houston
Ian Thorpe, 2002 by James Houston
Michael Klim, 1999 by Anderson & Low
Michael Klim, 1999 by Anderson & Low
Rod Laver by Ern McQuillan
Rod Laver by Ern McQuillan
Lew Hoad, 1954 by Ern McQuillan
Lew Hoad, 1954 by Ern McQuillan
Betty Cuthbert, 1955 (printed 2003) by Ern McQuillan
Betty Cuthbert, 1955 (printed 2003) by Ern McQuillan
TJ Smith and Tulloch, 1960 (printed 2003) by Ern McQuillan
TJ Smith and Tulloch, 1960 (printed 2003) by Ern McQuillan
George Moore, 1957 by Ern McQuillan
George Moore, 1957 by Ern McQuillan
John Laws, 1981 by John Williams
John Laws, 1981 by John Williams
Ita Buttrose, 1981 by John Williams
Ita Buttrose, 1981 by John Williams
Al Grassby and Penny Dent, Community Relations Commission, Canberra, 1982 by John Williams
Al Grassby and Penny Dent, Community Relations Commission, Canberra, 1982 by John Williams
Rev. Fred Nile, Festival of Light, Sydney, 1981 by John Williams
Rev. Fred Nile, Festival of Light, Sydney, 1981 by John Williams
The Movie Star (David Gulpilil), 1985 by Tracey Moffatt
The Movie Star (David Gulpilil), 1985 by Tracey Moffatt
Some lads I (Russell Page), 1986 by Tracey Moffatt
Some lads I (Russell Page), 1986 by Tracey Moffatt
Dame Mary Gilmore, 1961 by Max Dupain
Dame Mary Gilmore, 1961 by Max Dupain
Eugene Goossens, c. 1954 by Max Dupain
Eugene Goossens, c. 1954 by Max Dupain
Francis Lymburner, c. 1946 by Max Dupain
Francis Lymburner, c. 1946 by Max Dupain
Lloyd Rees full face, 1979 by Max Dupain
Lloyd Rees full face, 1979 by Max Dupain
Norman Lindsay, 1936 by Max Dupain
Norman Lindsay, 1936 by Max Dupain
Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (Shmith), c. 1952 by Max Dupain
Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (Shmith), c. 1952 by Max Dupain
Rosemary Dobson, 1981 by Max Dupain
Rosemary Dobson, 1981 by Max Dupain
Tamara Tchinarova, 1938 by Max Dupain
Tamara Tchinarova, 1938 by Max Dupain
Walter Gropius and Harry Seidler, 1954 by Max Dupain
Walter Gropius and Harry Seidler, 1954 by Max Dupain
Brett Whiteley, 1974 by Lewis Morley
Brett Whiteley, 1974 by Lewis Morley
Florence Broadhurst, 1975 by Lewis Morley
Florence Broadhurst, 1975 by Lewis Morley
Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) by Lewis Morley
Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) by Lewis Morley
Junie Morosi, 1975 (printed 2002) by Lewis Morley
Junie Morosi, 1975 (printed 2002) by Lewis Morley
Marcia Hines, c. 1981 by Lewis Morley
Marcia Hines, c. 1981 by Lewis Morley
Margaret Fink, 1975 by Lewis Morley
Margaret Fink, 1975 by Lewis Morley
Margaret Olley, 1998 by Lewis Morley
Margaret Olley, 1998 by Lewis Morley
Peter Carey, 1989 by Lewis Morley
Peter Carey, 1989 by Lewis Morley
Ron Grainer, 1965 (printed 2002) by Lewis Morley
Ron Grainer, 1965 (printed 2002) by Lewis Morley
Sherbet, 1974 (printed 2002) by Lewis Morley
Sherbet, 1974 (printed 2002) by Lewis Morley