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Adam Cullen, 2008

by Stephen Oxenbury

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 Finalist

I chose this image of Adam as it encapsulated the experience of being with him for the day. Surreal, dangerous and weird would be a few words that come to mind. His energy and performance was formidable, interrupted by moments of confusion and bewilderment these 'in between moments' when he seemed to loose his thread most intrigued me.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Other NPPP photos from Stephen Oxenbury

Owen Yalandja, 2009 by Stephen Oxenbury
NPPP 2010 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
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.