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Gemma Baxter (right view), 2019

Shea Kirk

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Art Handlers' Award

‘Getting older, our faces and bodies change – but slowly I think I'm feeling more and more proud of mine. A body that started a business, hauled fabric around the city, filled a room with machinery that I taught myself how to use. When I saw the image you took of me, I was kind of inspired by myself. It was a fucking lovely feeling.’ This image – from the ongoing series Vantages – is half of a stereoscopic portrait of my dear friend Gemma, the genius behind ‘To Barwyn And Back’, a Melbourne-based label creating tech-streetwear, prioritising safety, comfort and community.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Other NPPP photos from Shea Kirk

Callan Bradley Hales (left and right view), 2018 by Shea Kirk
2019 Finalist

Related information

Art Handlers' Award 2020

James & Jessica

The Art Handlers' Award for 2020 went to Gemma Baxter (right view), 2019 by Shea Kirk.

The eye and the heart

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6 April 2020

Nici Cumpston immerses herself in the collective vision of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020.

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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