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Portrait 48

Autumn 2015

This issue features Abdul Abdullah, Sam Leach, Sonia McMahon, Rod McNicol, The National Photographic Portrait Prize and more. Portrait 48 is also available on issuu.com

Bride, 2015 by Abdul Abdullah
Bride, 2015 by Abdul Abdullah
Bride, 2015 by Abdul Abdullah

Observation point

by Abdul Abdullah

I wanted to be a journalist. I was very idealistic and I had a big chip on my shoulder. I wanted to investigate the human condition, drawing attention to those in need with the hope of someday effecting positive change.

Kid A, 2014 by Joshua Morris
Kid A, 2014 by Joshua Morris
Kid A, 2014 by Joshua Morris

Swimming every day

by Dr Christopher Chapman

National Photographic Portrait Prize judge Christopher Chapman connects this year’s entries to iconic contemporary american photographers.

A surface against which we can move, 2014 by Sam Leach
A surface against which we can move, 2014 by Sam Leach
A surface against which we can move, 2014 by Sam Leach

No small wonder

by Joanna Gilmour

Joanna Gilmour describes how artist Sam Leach works on a small scale to grand effect.

Portrait of a Lady (Sonia McMahon), 1999 Esther Erlich
Portrait of a Lady (Sonia McMahon), 1999 Esther Erlich
Portrait of a Lady (Sonia McMahon), 1999 Esther Erlich

Desperately seeking Sonia

by Angus Trumble

Esther Erlich’s portrait of Lady McMahon.

The Rays, 1970 
Raindance Corporation, Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, Paul Ryan
The Rays, 1970 
Raindance Corporation, Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, Paul Ryan
The Rays, 1970 
Raindance Corporation, Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, Paul Ryan

Post digital

by Tegan Mcauley

Tegan McAuley looks at the evolution of video portraiture.

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

A real Pratt

by Dr Sarah Engledow

The death of a gentlewoman is shrouded in mystery, a well-liked governor finds love after sorrow, and two upright men become entangled in the historical record.

Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky

The transparent mask

by Karen Vickery

Cate Blanchett and the art of acting in Rosetzky’s digital portrait.

Tariro, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Tariro, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Tariro, 2010 by Rod McNicol

Village people

by Dr Christopher Chapman

Christopher Chapman discusses Rod McNicol's photographic portrait series Newcomers to my village.

Patrick Ryan, 1968 by Mark Strizic
Patrick Ryan, 1968 by Mark Strizic
Patrick Ryan, 1968 by Mark Strizic

The silent partner

by Dr Sarah Engledow

One half of the team that was Eltham Films left scarcely a trace in the written historical record, but survives in a vivid portrait.

Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey
Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey
Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey

Dan the man

by India Bednall

Martin Philbey’s portrait of Dan Sultan.

Amy Johnson wearing a woollen suit from the collection of flight clothes designed by Madame Schiaparelli for her solo flight from London to Cape Town, 1938 unknown photographer
Amy Johnson wearing a woollen suit from the collection of flight clothes designed by Madame Schiaparelli for her solo flight from London to Cape Town, 1938 unknown photographer
Amy Johnson wearing a woollen suit from the collection of flight clothes designed by Madame Schiaparelli for her solo flight from London to Cape Town, 1938 unknown photographer

Air wear

by Esther Agostino

Aviation carried women’s roles in society to greater heights – fashion followed suit.

Have you forgotten yet? 2014 by Lee Grant
Have you forgotten yet? 2014 by Lee Grant
Have you forgotten yet? 2014 by Lee Grant

All that fall

by Raimond Gaita

Raimond Gaita comments on war and truth in the context of the First World War.

Gloves off (Tom Uren), 1996 Ralph Heimans
Gloves off (Tom Uren), 1996 Ralph Heimans
Gloves off (Tom Uren), 1996 Ralph Heimans

Tribute

Tom Uren AC

Edward Tom Uren AC (1921-2015), former Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party, was a major campaigner on environmental and urban-planning issues and rights for veterans.

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