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Ronnie Howard still dancing, 2014

by Ivan Gaal

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 Finalist

Ronnie Howard turned 99 years old in January 2015. For the last 33 years he has been a well-known personality in the Warburton community in Victoria. His love of dancing and singing is still alive within him. Bill Howard, his late son, was a member of the Red Onion Jazz Band in the 1960s. I photographed him in front of the Mechanics Hall stage. He was instrumental in the restoration of the Hall, which had fallen into despair. It is now the centre point of community life and culture. As a further contribution, Ronnie donated a piano in 2006.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

Other NPPP photos from Ivan Gaal

Bruce Pascoe, 2012 by Ivan Gaal
NPPP 2013 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

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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.