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Self-portrait, 2015

by Rod McNicol

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 Finalist

Having now spent decades making photographic portraits here in my old daylight studio in Fitzroy – subjecting a whole range of people to my very quiet and direct gaze – I feel it is fitting that I occasionally subject myself to this same unerring process. And as I am now approaching the proverbial three score and ten years, it does seem that now is the appropriate time.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Other NPPP photos from Rod McNicol

Jack Charles, 2011 Rod McNicol
NPPP 2012 Winner
'Red Terra' - Black Activist: A portrait of Gary Foley, 2006 by Rod McNicol
NPPP 2007 Finalist
Gurkirat, 2009 by Rod McNicol
NPPP 2010 Finalist
My friend Siu’s dear mother, Mrs Chan, 2014 by Rod McNicol
NPPP 2015 Finalist

Related information

Self-portrait, 2015 by Rod McNicol
Self-portrait, 2015 by Rod McNicol
Self-portrait, 2015 by Rod McNicol
Self-portrait, 2015 by Rod McNicol

A spectral sentience

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2019

Aimee Board reveals method, motivation and mortality in the portraiture of Rod McNicol.

Life and Times: Portraits by Rod McNicol video: 3 minutes
Life and Times: Portraits by Rod McNicol video: 3 minutes
Life and Times: Portraits by Rod McNicol video: 3 minutes
Life and Times: Portraits by Rod McNicol video: 3 minutes

Rod McNicol

'Life and Times'

Portrait story

Echoing 19th-century photography, Rod McNicol's portraits give us a chance to look quietly at the human condition.

Tariro, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Tariro, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Tariro, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Tariro, 2010 by Rod McNicol

Village people

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2015

Christopher Chapman discusses Rod McNicol's photographic portrait series Newcomers to my village.

Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker
Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker
Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker
Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

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.