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Troye Sivan, 2018

by James Brickwood

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 Finalist

This is a portrait of 23 year-old South African-born Australian singer Troye Sivan. Perth-raised, Sivan gained popularity as a young teen singing on YouTube and in Australian talent competitions, before signing with a major label in 2013. In the same year, at the age of eighteen, Sivan made a YouTube video announcing that he was gay, determined he would not pursue a career in entertainment while staying in the closet. He is part of a growing group of high-profile younger singers, such as Sam Smith and Frank Ocean, who insist on being open about their sexuality as they make their way in the industry.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Other NPPP photos from James Brickwood

Tom Keneally, 2011 by James Brickwood
NPPP 2012 Finalist
Alex and Doug Dunn, 2013 by James Brickwood
NPPP 2014 Finalist
Reg, 2012 by James Brickwood
NPPP 2013 Finalist
Adam Goodes, 2019 James Brickwood
NPPP 2020 Finalist
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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.