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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.

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Reclaimed youth, 2019

Sanjeev Singh

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

On a warm spring day in 1967, seventeen year-old Peter McEwan was arrested by undercover police officers on Melbourne’s Brighton Beach for being with another man. In the following months, Peter had to endure court appearances, psychiatric assessments and having his name published on the front pages of the newspaper, among other things. But the experience eventually propelled Peter’s involvement in the early Gay Liberation Movement in Melbourne during the early 1970s. Peter and I return to the spot where he was arrested to reclaim the space as one of victory and triumph.

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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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.