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Sulyn and her sisters

by Rob Walls

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 Finalist

Their mother is Italian, their father was Chinese. My wife and her sisters had not been together in the same room for eighteen years. Asked to photograph their reunion, I resolved to make a picture that would show their collective strength, while highlighting their individuality. I wanted the picture to reflect their combined life experience; to show their warmth, courage and pride, but also to reveal their vulnerability and humanity. That there be no distraction, I asked them to wear black and to do away with all adornment and makeup.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

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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.