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Self portrait, Cyprus, 1953

David Potts

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 40.2 cm x 30.2 cm, image: 34.4 cm x 23.8 cm)

David Potts (b. 1926) is a photographer with a career spanning more than fifty years. In the late 1940s he contributed to Laurence le Guay's magazine Contemporary Photography and worked in Russell Roberts's and le Guay's studios in Sydney, often accompanying David Moore on weekend excursions to document the Sydney scene. In 1950 he left Australia to work as a photojournalist in London. In a review of his 2000 exhibition Dawn, Dusk and other Abstracts, Robert McFarlane described Potts as one of Australia's most distinguished photographers. He wrote that 'It is a tribute to Potts's vision that he can express the beauty found in [incongruous] subjects . . . Potts is clearly at the age of contemplation, and what remarkable images he has found to meditate upon.'

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Accession number: 2001.24

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David Potts (age 27 in 1953)

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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

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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.