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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.

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Martin Mishkulnig, 2006

by Ingvar Kenne

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 Finalist

Martin had survived open-heart surgery 24 hours earlier and he had invited me to take his portrait. My preferred approach required him to stand up, which he did with some difficulty, since he was in considerable pain. It really shows his strength and determination. I approach all subjects identically, giving myself strict boundaries of composition, lighting and choice of camera/film. Each individual is painted with the same brush, without help of retouching, regardless of fame or obscurity. My aim is to minimise the subject's acquired, and inevitable, awareness of self when asked to be photographed. Less is seeing more.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Other NPPP photos from Ingvar Kenne

Alexis Wright, 2009 (printed 2014) Ingvar Kenne
NPPP 2010 Finalist
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne
NPPP 2009 Winner
Hanna and Reda, 2011 by Ingvar Kenne
NPPP 2012 Finalist
Brad 'Gaggsy' Gallagher at a Bachelor and Spinsters Ball, Tooradin, Victoria, 2016 by Ingvar Kenne
NPPP 2017 Finalist

Related information

Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009

Citizen Kenne

Magazine article by April Thompson, 2013

April Thompson explores an exhibition of Ingvar Kenne’s global portrait project.

Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne

Ingvar Kenne

Citizen

Previous exhibition, 2012

Swedish-born Australian photographer, Ingvar Kenne, captures both individuality and shared human experience in his ongoing portrait project Citizen.

Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell
Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell
Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell
Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Previous exhibition, 2007

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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.