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Napoleon I – Emperor of the French, 2010

by Alexia Sinclair

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 Finalist

This photograph was produced as part of a larger series entitled ‘The Royal Dozen’ and focuses on 12 of history’s most fascinating rulers. Exploring the complexities of the famous, the infamous and the obscure, these portraits celebrate historical realities within the guise of contemporary fantasy, a kind of conversation between the past and present. ‘Napoleon I – Emperor of the French’ pays homage to the historical man and his symbols of empire during his rein. The eagle symbolises imperial Rome and the swarming worker bees signify the people, immortality and resurrection. This portrait is role-played by the artist, Alexia Sinclair.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2011

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2011

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The NPPP exhibition is selected from a national field of entries. The annual exhibition, now in its fourth year, reflects 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.