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The arrival, 2017

by Renée Stamatova

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 Finalist

The motherland, from which my family’s blood was born. The womb from where my everything stems. My mother tongue; she returns to guide me. I am home now. Tracing history. His-story. Whilst discovering hers. This photograph was taken on the last of my 38 days in Macedonia, a serene Arif rising between equal parts foreign and familiar. The lake, public, made private, reflects a renewed self.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Other NPPP photos from Renée Stamatova

The Renaissance #1, 2015 by Renée Stamatova
NPPP 2016 Finalist

Related information

The girls, 2017 by Tamara Dean
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Snap decisions

Magazine article by Robert Cook, 2018

NPPP judge Robert Cook provides irreverent insight into this year’s fare, and having to be a bit judgemental.

Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Previous exhibition, 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.