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Antonio Tisano, 2008

by Vittoria Dussoni

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 Finalist

The portrait of Antonio Tisano is part of a project called 'Italians in Australia; looking back'. With these portraits I document Italians who came to Australia in the 50's and 60's. People who have worked hard and who often had difficulty dealing with a new language and culture. Through the portraits the sitters speak of themselves and their past without the need of words. The subjects look back at their past and at the viewer with strength. Antonio Tisano arrived in Australia in 1960 from Calabria with his wife and children. What he went through due to family difficulties I have got no words to describe. Just like his general attitude in life, in the portrait he looks at us without seeking pity or even understanding; nevertheless his pain stares out. When the portrait was taken it was raining.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Other NPPP photos from Vittoria Dussoni

Young Australian #3, 2009 by Vittoria Dussoni
NPPP 2010 Finalist
The blue of the dawn, 2009 by Vittoria Dussoni
NPPP 2011 Finalist
Boy in cycling gear, 2013 by Vittoria Dussoni
NPPP 2014 Finalist

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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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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.