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Monkey business, 2011

by Alina Gozin'a

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 Finalist

Luke Doolan, Oscar-nominated film director and co-founder of Blue-Tongue Films, is shown here in his natural creative habitat. Doolan likes the Infinite Monkey Theorem, which suggests that monkeys randomly banging on typewriters for an infinite amount of time would eventually produce the works of Shakespeare or Hollywood (as also famously tested by Mr Burns in 'The Simpsons'). In this photograph, the same idea is applied for the Australian film industry - which meant only one monkey was afforded and at mates' rates! Special thanks to Toby & Pete, Debbie Muller, Emma Woods and Pascale Roux de Bezieux. Producer: Anne Robinson

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

Previous exhibition, 2012

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

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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.

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