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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.

Life in art, 2019

Maite Robin

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

Ian lives alone, but surrounded by precious things and precious memories. This corner of his world is part gallery, part theatre. His collection of notable artists is beloved, and purchased selectively and seriously. His collection of period furniture is pristine and arranged with precision. In contrast, Ian’s flamboyant personality is manifest in his dress and his drink. He is an avid traveller and storyteller. He has been to more places than anyone, and recounts intimate details of them. I captured him in a magnanimous pose of pride and conviviality. Ian lives next door.

People's Choice Award

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Voting closes Sunday 26 April 2020. Terms and conditions apply.

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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.