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Ron Tandberg

1995
Francis Reiss

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 33.0 cm x 37.8 cm, image: 31.6 cm x 36.0 cm)

Ron Tandberg (1943-2018), cartoonist, was working as a teacher when he contributed his first cartoon to the Education section of the Age in the early 1970s. It led to a position as Australia's first cartoonist to 'draw to' a news story. His cartoons have appeared almost daily. In a career of some 30 years he won an unrivalled 10 Walkley Awards - eight for Best Cartoon and two Gold Walkley Awards. He received a Melbourne Press Club Quill Award for Best Illustration in Any Medium in 2006 and won the Quills People's Choice Award in 2002. He won the National Museum of Australia Political Humour award for best political cartoon in 2002 and again in 2003. Tandberg's books include Tandberg's age of consensus (1984) and Tandberg draws the line (1982); he collaborated on a book about contemporary teenagers, Real Wired Child, with high-profile psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007
© Estate of Francis Reiss

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Francis Reiss (age 68 in 1995)

Ron Tandberg (age 52 in 1995)

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