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Marlon Williams, 2015

by Dean Golja

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 Finalist

This image of musician Marlon Williams accompanied a magazine article and was taken on 11 August, 2015 in Melbourne.  It’s not true that every picture tells a story. How can you extract enough information for a narrative out of a momentary impression? At best, you react to a portrait visually via its form, or a memory of something familiar. You might say to yourself, ‘It reminds me of...’ or ‘That person looks like...’ and from that a story may emerge, or even better, a feeling may develop that could go in any direction. It’s a mystery. 

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Other NPPP photos from Dean Golja

Mr Walford, 2006 by Dean Golja
NPPP 2007 Finalist
Betty Churcher, 2008 by Dean Golja
NPPP 2009 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Previous exhibition, 2016

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting 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.