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The Chess Player, 2011

by Andrew Campbell

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 Finalist

Dr Hassan Rahim was a preeminent dental surgeon in Uganda in the 1970's. When Idi Amin came to power, he dreamt that the Asians held the countries' wealth. He evicted most of the Asian community overnight, many at gunpoint. Hassan and his wife fled the country with what few possessions they could carry, including the tiny figurines depicted in this portrait. A keen chess player and a true gentleman, Hassan now resides in Australia with his family. The intent of this portrait was to capture the sense of dignified sadness and isolation caused by his forced relocation from his past in Uganda.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

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