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Lost in thought, 2008

by Quentin Jones

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 Finalist

Robert Gray grew up in Coffs Harbour and was educated in a country town on the north coast of New South Wales. He trained there as a journalist, and since then has worked in Sydney as an editor, advertising copywriter, reviewer and buyer for bookshops. His first book of poems, Creekwater Journal, was published in 1973. Robert has been a writerinresidence at Meiji University in Tokyo and at several universities throughout Australia including Geelong College in 1982. He has won the Adelaide Arts Festival and the New South Wales and Victorian Premiers' Awards for poetry. In 1990 he received the Patrick White Award. He edited books of Selected Poems by Shaw Neilson, and Drawn from Life, the journals of the painter John Olsen. After Images is his latest collection of poetry. In 2008 he published his memoirs, The Land I Came Through Last. Robert was photographed in his Sydney home, as this is where he does most of his work and feels most comfortable. He doesn't really like having his portrait taken.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Other NPPP photos from Quentin Jones

Bean no more, 2012 by Quentin Jones
2013 Finalist

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Portrait story

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Tim Winton
Tim Winton
Tim Winton
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Tracks in the sand

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Dr Sarah Engledow discusses Quentin Jones's photograph of Australian author Tim Winton.

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.

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