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Self portrait, 1990

Anne Zahalka

direct positive colour photograph (sheet: 70.2 cm x 70.2 cm)

Anne Zahalka (b. 1957), photographer, studied at East Sydney Technical College and Sydney College of the Arts. She began exhibiting in the early 1980s in Australia and Germany; her solo exhibitions include the touring shows Woven Threads (1997-1998) and Leisureland (1999-2001). In 1990 Leo Christie organised a portfolio of prints by Australian women artists as a fundraiser for the Cancer Council, following the success of a similar initiative he took in 1988. Anne Zahalka photographed each of the artists whose work was included in the portfolio, and the photographs were included in the portfolio as her contribution to it. Zahalka recorded a cross-section of women artists - emerging, senior, indigenous, photographers, painters, printmakers - all of whom played a significant role in the Australian art world of the 1980s. Her photograph of painter Mandy Martin is included in this exhibition.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Anne Zahalka/Copyright Agency, 2020

Accession number: 2003.13.1

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Anne Zahalka (age 33 in 1990)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Leo Christie (10 portraits)

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The cook (Michael Schmidt/architect), 1987
The cook (Michael Schmidt/architect), 1987
The cook (Michael Schmidt/architect), 1987
The cook (Michael Schmidt/architect), 1987

Hall of mirrors

Magazine article by Naomi Cass, 2007

Naomi Cass, Director of the Centre of Contemporary Photography, in conversation with Anne Zahalka.

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

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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.