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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.

Polly Borland, 2015

by John Tsiavis

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 Finalist

There are multiple layers at work when one looks through a camera lens. Beyond the actions of sit, point, and click, I ask “what is really being portrayed here?” This question becomes particularly complex when the subject makes her art and creates a narrative by constructing characters and interpreting them through her lens. In Polly’s deliberate projection, I find her vulnerability amplified, with a unique tension that comes when one is at the same time the photographed and the photographer.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Other NPPP photos from John Tsiavis

Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis
NPPP 2010 Finalist
Chris Lilley, 2012 by John Tsiavis
NPPP 2013 Finalist

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Tech entrepreneur Tan Le and photographer John Tsiavis.

Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
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Shop Talk

Magazine article by Stephen Phillips, 2016

Angus and the arbiters talk (photo) shop for the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland
Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland
Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland
Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland

Golden Jubilee

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2002

Polly Borland's photograph of The Queen was commissioned by Buckingham Palace as part of a series of high profile celebrations to mark the Golden Jubilee.

Confide in Me

Magazine article by Sarah Hill, 2002

This article examines the photographic portraiture of Polly Borland.

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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.