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Dad, aged 73, 2019

Natalie Finney

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

A portrait of my father, aged 73. Dad moved to Australia at age eleven and lived most of his life in suburban Melbourne. Shortly before my first child was born he set out to return to Greece, despite the nation's economic unrest and having no family there. Eight years on, our visit united us, and my children met their pappous for the first time. On the morning of our departure, his normal routine of coffee, cigarettes and radio news was accompanied by emotional conversations between the two of us. Here, he reflects on how and when we will next be together.

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Previous exhibition, 2020

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.