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10pm-1am # 7, 2006

by Simon Obarzanek

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 Finalist

My photographs deal predominantly with the portrait form. The starting point is a strong connection with a passing image of an anonymous subject, usually in congested areas such as train stations, concerts, agricultural shows, shopping centres or other ordinary locations. I then remove this image from the distractions of the every day and re-contextualise it repeatedly in a uniform frame. This repetition aesthetically intensifies the initial visual inspiration, and draws the viewer into a unique relationship with beauty.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Related information

123 Faces, 2002
123 Faces, 2002
123 Faces, 2002
123 Faces, 2002

123 Faces

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2002

Magda Keaney examines the 123 Faces project by Simon Obarzanek.

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

Photography is the most pervasive and popular medium for portraiture and makes a natural fit with the Gallery, being a natural extension of the Gallery's longstanding commitment to photography as a contemporary portrait medium.

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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.

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