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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.

Graeme Murphy AM

1977 (printed 2002)
Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 30.3 cm x 40.3 cm, image: 28.1 cm x 36.0 cm)

Graeme Murphy AM (b. 1950), choreographer, was the youngest male dancer to be accepted into the Australian Ballet school, and commenced with the Australian Ballet at the age of 18. He was appointed artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company (then known as The Dance Company NSW) in 1976. Since then he has created an extraordinary repertoire of thirty full evening productions and a variety of short works. His most popular piece is perhaps Poppy, a full-length ballet based on the life of Jean Cocteau, in which he danced the title role 4 years after announcing his retirement. Since 1984 he has directed several spectacular operas, and choreographed many pieces for the ice-skating duo Torvill and Dean. He was named a living treasure in 1999, and in 2001 he was presented with the Helpmann Award for his Body of Work, a selection of highlights from his repertoire.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Lewis Morley Archive LLC

Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 52 in 1977)

Graeme Murphy AO (age 27 in 1977)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

Lewis Morley (49 portraits)

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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.

Reflections on a Hologram

Magazine article by Sam Bowker, 2005

Sam Bowker examines Paula Dawson's Mirror, Mirror - a holographic portrait of Graeme Murphy.

Myself and Eye

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2003

Magda Keaney speaks with Lewis Morley about his photographic career and the major retrospective of his work on display at the NPG.

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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.

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