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Carol sewing, 2008

by Greg Weight

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 Finalist

While exploring the landscape along the East MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia researching for our next exhibition, Carol Ruff and I found an old Government cottage in the historical precinct of Arltunga, 100km east of Alice Springs. Carol stepped into the empty stone room of the cottage and I noticed how the play of light on her face captured the fundamental mood that pervades many classical paintings, in particular the portraiture of the Golden Age of Dutch art. Carol is of Dutch / Javanese ancestry. The Javanese batik fabric she stitches and the colonial context of the cottage, bring her heritage and her culture into this portrait. The work of Johannes Vermeer is noted here in the suspended motion of the figure. This is a moment of heightened awareness when time stands still.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Other NPPP photos from Greg Weight

Wan Lan, Xini, Shen Jiawei and Billy
2011 Finalist

Related information

John Coburn
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101 photographic portraits

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2004

Pat Corrigan's generous gift of 100 photographic portraits by Greg Weight.

Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Previous exhibition, 2009

In its second year at the National Portrait Gallery, and for the first time touring to other venues, the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 continues to present surprising perspectives on the nature of contemporary portrait photography.

Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley

Greg Weight

Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2006

Display of 36 Greg Weight photographs in Senate Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Old Parliament House.

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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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