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Robert Di Pierdomenico "Dipper", 1986

Rennie Ellis

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 62.0 cm x 47.0 cm, image: 29.3 cm x 43.9 cm)

Robert Di Pierdomenico (b. 1958), better known as Dipper, is an Australian Rules footballer who notched up 240 games for the Hawthorn Football Club during a sixteen-year career. Di Pierdomenico made his debut with the Hawks, aged seventeen, in 1975, but didn’t come to public attention until being judged best on ground in the team’s three goal win over North Melbourne in the 1978 grand final. A wingman known as much for his toughness as his handlebar moustache, Di Pierdomenico was a key ingredient of the Hawks’ remarkable domination of the competition during the 1980s. He was a member of the premiership- winning Hawthorn sides of 1983, 1986, 1988 and 1989 – playing for much of the 1989 grand final against Geelong with broken ribs and a punctured lung. The joint winner of the 1986 Brownlow Medal, Di Pierdomenico retired in 1991 having kicked 130 goals, played in 24 finals and been selected for the All Australian side three times. He was named in Hawthorn’s Team of the Century in 2001 and inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2007.

Rennie Ellis (1940–2003) began taking photographs while travelling around the world in the 1960s. He completed studies in advertising in his native Melbourne in 1966 and worked in a number of ad agencies before deciding to become a freelance photographer, writer and filmmaker in 1969. In 1972, he founded Brummels Gallery of Photography, the first Australian gallery dedicated to photographs; and in 1975 established Rennie Ellis & Associates. Between this time and his death in 2003, Ellis’s work was acquired by public and private collections and exhibited widely in Australia and overseas. Following the 2006 exhibition Rennie Ellis: Aussies All, the National Portrait Gallery purchased thirteen of his photographs, including this work from his series documenting Australian Rules grand finals of the 1970s and 1980s.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006
© Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive
www.RennieEllis.com.au

Accession number: 2006.58

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Artist and subject

Rennie Ellis (age 46 in 1986)

Robert di Pierdomenico (age 28 in 1986)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis
Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis
Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis
Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis

No shirt, no service

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Bon Scott and Angus Young photographed by Rennie Ellis are part of a display celebrating summer and images of the shirtless male.

Rosaleen Norton, Witch of Kings Cross, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Rosaleen Norton, Witch of Kings Cross, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Rosaleen Norton, Witch of Kings Cross, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Rosaleen Norton, Witch of Kings Cross, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

Aussies All

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Rennie Ellis photographs the self-proclaimed 'Witch of Kings Cross'.

Kinky Night. Impressions Club, 1987
Kinky Night. Impressions Club, 1987
Kinky Night. Impressions Club, 1987
Kinky Night. Impressions Club, 1987

Aussies all

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2006

The exhibition Aussies all features the ecclectic portrait photography of Rennie Ellis which captures Australian life during the 70s and 80s.

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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.