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Chaos 1 from series Negotiating the family portrait

by Marzena Wasikowska

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 Finalist

While photographing the family this year, I became acutely aware of the circumstances before a seemingly desirable photograph is taken – the chaotic events that precede the decisive moment. I shifted the exposure from the time at which everyone was composed in front of the camera to a moment during assembly for the portrait. On this occasion, the preliminary process involved children vying for my equipment and taking their own wonderful photographs; progress delayed; interest lost; and the testing of patience. The conclusion: the communal relief when we achieved personal dignity and common purpose.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Other NPPP photos from Marzena Wasikowska

Jess, Danny and Mia, 2010 by Marzena Wasikowska
NPPP 2011 Finalist
Negotiating a family portrait-a study of history, myth and identity, 2015 Family, 2015 by Marzena Wasikowska
NPPP 2016 Finalist
Negotiating a family portrait – a study of history, myth and identity, 2014 by Marzena Wasikowska
NPPP 2015 Finalist

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Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson at Hamelin Pool, 2013 by Matt Nettheim
Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson at Hamelin Pool, 2013 by Matt Nettheim
Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson at Hamelin Pool, 2013 by Matt Nettheim

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

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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.