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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.

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Tracey

by Rod McNicol

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 Finalist

Tracey, a dear friend of mine, is an Aboriginal woman with a background from both the Yorta Yorta people from the Shepparton area, and the Gunditjmara mob down Warnambool way. For years now, though, Tracey has been part of the local mob here in Fitzroy. I, too, am a long-term local of Fitzroy, having lived and worked in an old warehouse studio here on the infamous Smith Street for decades now. Smith Street is also where the local mob has always congregated; I have become very close to them over the years, forming a particularly close and enduring friendship with Tracey.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Other NPPP photos from Rod McNicol

Jack Charles, 2011 Rod McNicol
NPPP 2012 Winner
'Red Terra' - Black Activist: A portrait of Gary Foley, 2006 by Rod McNicol
NPPP 2007 Finalist
Gurkirat, 2009 by Rod McNicol
NPPP 2010 Finalist
Self-portrait, 2015 by Rod McNicol
NPPP 2016 Finalist

Related information

Life and Times: Portraits by Rod McNicol video: 3 minutes
Life and Times: Portraits by Rod McNicol video: 3 minutes
Life and Times: Portraits by Rod McNicol video: 3 minutes
Life and Times: Portraits by Rod McNicol video: 3 minutes

Rod McNicol

'Life and Times'

Portrait story

Echoing 19th-century photography, Rod McNicol's portraits give us a chance to look quietly at the human condition.

Tariro, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Tariro, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Tariro, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Tariro, 2010 by Rod McNicol

Village people

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2015

Christopher Chapman discusses Rod McNicol's photographic portrait series Newcomers to my village.

Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Previous exhibition, 2019

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.

Maryan, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Maryan, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Maryan, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Maryan, 2010 by Rod McNicol

Life and time

Portraits by Rod McNicol

Previous exhibition, 2015

Australian photographer Rod McNicol has consistently analysed the passing of time through the evidence of the photographic portrait. At once confronting and tender, McNicol’s portrait photographs are bold and intimate. 

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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.