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Redfern, I love you - Alan, 2012

by Ben Lawrence

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 Finalist

Alan Murray was taken from his family as a boy and housed at the infamous Kinchela Boys Home. Having lost their families, land and language, the men of Kinchela are undeterred in their quest for justice, acknowledgement and healing. Redfern is an inner city suburb of Sydney, characterised by the migrant and Indigenous populations that live in the area. This portrait is part of a photographic love letter to this unique suburb and its residents. This entire series has been captured through a one-way mirror. Being presented with their own reflection fosters a deeper introspection, defining the series’ almost dream-like expressions.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

Previous exhibition, 2013

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

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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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