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Lah Wah, 2013

by Hardy Lohse

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 Finalist

This portrait of Lah is from a larger series of images I shot at Dickson College. Lah is part of the refugee bridging program and I wanted to capture some of his character and also give a hint of the transition into school in Australia as he forms his identity. I gave him no instruction other than to stare down the camera and be as neutral as possible and yet here he stands, slightly sweaty, oily, rough around the edges, but proud.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Previous exhibition, 2014

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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