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Owen Yalandja, 2009

by Stephen Oxenbury

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 Finalist

Owen Yalandja is a senior member of the Dangkorlo clan and lives at an outstation community at Barrihdjowkkeng, Arnhem Land. He exclusively represents the yawkyawk spirits in sculptural form. He is a well-known singer for traditional ceremonies. He has a formidable presence when you meet him which and I tried to convey in his portrait. This photograph is part of an ongoing series examining cross-cultural motifs.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010

Other NPPP photos from Stephen Oxenbury

Adam Cullen, 2008 by Stephen Oxenbury
NPPP 2009 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010

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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.