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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.

Michael Klim, 1999

Anderson & Low

gelatin silver photograph on paper

Michael Klim rose to superstar status in Australian swimming in 1998 by winning seven medals in seven events at the World Swimming Championships. In the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur that year, he again won seven medals including four gold. At the Sydney 2000 Olympics he won gold in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay and the 4 x 100m freestyle relay, and silver in the 200m butterfly and the 4 x 100m medley relay. He is ranked in the top three swimmers in the world over 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly.

This photograph, at the AIS in Canberra, was taken as part of an advertising campaign for Speedo.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000 with the assistance of staff of Old Parliament House and the National Portrait Gallery, in memory of Matthew Guy Hinder (1967-1999)
© Anderson & Low

Accession number: 2000.9

Currently on display: Gallery Six (Tim Fairfax Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Anderson & Low

Michael Klim (age 22 in 1999)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

Related portraits

1. Kyle Vander-Kuyp, 1998. All Anderson & Low.

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The Companion

Permanent collection catalogue

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley

Bare

Degrees of undress

Previous exhibition, 2015

Bare: Degrees of undress celebrates the candid, contrived, natural, sexy, ironic, beautiful, and fascinating in Australian portraiture that shows a bit of skin. 

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Depth of Field

Portrait Photography from the Collection

Previous exhibition, 2004

Over the last five years the National Portrait Gallery has developed a collection of portrait photographs that reflects both the strength and diversity of Australian achievement as well as the talents of our photographers.

Michael Klim, 1999 Anderson & Low
Michael Klim, 1999 Anderson & Low
Michael Klim, 1999 Anderson & Low
Michael Klim, 1999 Anderson & Low

The Athlete

An exhibition of sporting photographs by Anderson & Low

Previous exhibition, 2000
The Athlete explores the sporting life well beyond the superficial image of the human physique
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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.