Skip to main content
Menu

Self portrait, Cyprus, 1953

David Potts

gelatin silver photograph (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

Currently not on display

Copyright image request form
Request a digital copy of an image for publication

Artist and subject

David Potts (age 27 in 1953)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

© National Portrait Gallery 2019
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia


Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196
The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which the NPG stands.