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The Skin I'm In II

by Brian Cassey

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Finalist

Carol Mayer was a young mother when she suffered extensive burns in a house fire – her family was told she would not survive. After a year of operations and skin grafts she lived to prove the predictions wrong, and now spends much of her time advocating for and counselling other burns victims. In 2016 she has spent weeks of her time supporting the survivors of the horrific 2015 ‘Serves You Right Café’ explosion in Ravenshoe, North Queensland that killed two people and injured twenty more. She allowed me to make her portrait and is proud of ‘the skin I’m in’.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Previous exhibition, 2017

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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.