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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

Yvonne Alexander, Bar Maid, Sydney, 2022 Ingvar Kenne
2022 Finalist
Sarker Protick, Artist, Sydney, Australia, 2018 by Ingvar Kenne
2019 Finalist
Alexis Wright
2010 Finalist
Brad 'Gaggsy' Gallagher at a Bachelor and Spinsters Ball, Tooradin, Victoria, 2016 by Ingvar Kenne
2017 Finalist
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