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Alex Perry, 2016

by Nic Walker

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Finalist

A portrait of Australian Fashion designer Alex Perry, who is renowned for wearing his sunglasses on his forehead. I wanted to shoot him without them, and surprisingly there was little debate. I thought the pin he was using for a dress just as I walked in worked out looking like a toothpick. This, combined with the lighting, helped to create a masculine and powerful image of the man.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

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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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