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House painters, 2019

Graham Monro

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

Our tattooed house painters Taon and Tommy were a colourful, entertaining pair. The wonderful thing about the camera is that it gives your subject(s) their fifteen minutes of fame and validation. When you spend time listening to someone else's story you are often rewarded, both visually and with a greater sense and understanding of the beauty of humanity. Taon is from the Gamilaraay clan of Walgett, New South Wales and Tommy is of French and Irish heritage.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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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.