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The Renaissance #1, 2015

by Renée Stamatova

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 Finalist

This portrait has been inspired by transition, an investigation into time and identity. Ashley sits in the bath – a private space made public – her vulnerability present, exposed and confronting. She shares with me stories of sexuality, desire, and pain in raw, unedited detail. Her gaze both invites us in and encourages acknowledgement. This work is about burying the old and birthing the new.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Other NPPP photos from Renée Stamatova

The arrival, 2017 by Renée Stamatova
NPPP 2018 Finalist

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Previous exhibition, 2016

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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.