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Bruce Pascoe, 2012

by Ivan Gaal

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 Finalist

Bruce Pascoe is a writer, teacher and cricketer of Bunurong descent. I first met Bruce at the Melbourne Secondary Teacher's College when he was 18 years old. He was not aware of his Aboriginal heritage at that time. I followed Bruce's career in the media and his discovery of his past. I met him again 40 years later during the filming of a documentary. We talked about his interesting life and achievements, and arranged a sitting in the Koorie Heritage Trust building. As he was holding an early photo of himself in the lift, I quickly took the shot.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

Other NPPP photos from Ivan Gaal

Ronnie Howard still dancing, 2014 by Ivan Gaal
NPPP 2015 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

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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.