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Portrait of Ezgi, 2016

by Alana Holmberg

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Finalist

In 2016 I’m continuing with ‘Resist Laughter’, a project about young feminists in Turkey, and Ezgi was one of the women I photographed when I returned to Istanbul. When I asked her how she was feeling given the events of the past year in the country – an attempted coup, multiple terrorist attacks and now, state of emergency laws – she told me she was exhausted, despite a recent three-month summer vacation; tired in a way that sleep would not remedy.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Other NPPP photos from Alana Holmberg

Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
NPPP 2019 Winner

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Previous exhibition, 2017

The 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.

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