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Transition: Nikki & Nick

by Emma Phillips

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 Finalist

Nikki Joyce has transitioned from male to female in the past twelve months. She is 42, but has known from the age of five that her body betrayed her absolute essence. She was 25 before she spoke with anyone about her conflict and often reflects on her tormented, silent and isolated childhood. 'Transition: Nikki & Nick' attempts to place 42-year-old Nikki in her childhood surrounds, with 'herself' as a five-year-old alongside her. By her own admission, she has in some ways just begun living - giving Nick (Campbell Judge) the chance to thrive.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

Other NPPP photos from Emma Phillips

Untitled, 2016 by Emma Phillips
NPPP 2018 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

Previous exhibition, 2012

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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.