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Peter Singer, 2002

Juliet van Otteren

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 35.3 cm x 27.9 cm, image: 31.4 cm x 24.8 cm)

Professor Peter Singer (b.1946) is an influential philosopher, who advocates veganism as the only ethical diet. Singer's utilitarian philosophy - judging whether acts are right or wrong by their consequences - led to a belief that all animals capable of suffering should be given equal consideration, and therefore the use of animals for food or experimentation is unjustifiable. His book Animal Liberation 1975 is credited with triggering the modern animal rights movement. He continues to campaign against factory farming of animals, viewing it as cruel and unnecessary. Singer is currently Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University's Centre for Human Values. A founding member of the Green Party in Victoria, in 1996 he stood unsuccessfully as a Greens Senate candidate.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr and Mrs Wilbur van Otteren
© Juliet van Otteren

Accession number: 2002.63

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Juliet van Otteren (age 55 in 2002)

Peter Singer AC (age 56 in 2002)

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