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Phoebe turned one hundred, 2019

Chris Budgeon

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

Phoebe Parker turned one hundred years old two days before this portrait was taken. Fiercely independent, Phoebe still lives by herself in her Frankston home where she tends to her beloved rose garden. Her extraordinary life has seen her serve in the Second World War with the Australian Signals Division, and she still proudly marches on Anzac Day every year. She is currently preparing to embark on her sixth cruise ship voyage of 2019. When I asked her to pause and reflect on her long journey through life, I felt a hint of sadness momentarily veiled her normally indomitable nature.

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Other NPPP photos from Chris Budgeon

Rosita, 2006 by Chris Budgeon
NPPP 2007 Finalist
Ruby, 2008 by Chris Budgeon
NPPP 2009 Finalist
The Boss, Ross Wilson, 2009 Chris Budgeon
NPPP 2010 Finalist
Ricki, 2016 by Chris Budgeon
NPPP 2017 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.