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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.

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Graeme Murphy, n.d.

Stuart Campbell

gelatin silver photograph on paper (image: 20.3 cm x 13.6 cm)

Graeme Murphy AO (b. 1950), choreographer and dancer, was the youngest male dancer to be accepted into the Australian Ballet School, and commenced with the Australian Ballet at the age of eighteen. Eight years later, in 1976, he was appointed artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company (then known as The Dance Company NSW). Since then he has created a repertoire of some seventy works, including productions for Opera Australia, the Australian Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. His most popular piece is perhaps Poppy (1978), a full-length ballet based on the life of Jean Cocteau, in which he danced the title role four years after announcing his retirement. In 2001 he was presented with a Helpmann Award for his Body of Work; he won another for best choreography for Swan Lake in 2003. Named a Living National Treasure in 1999, Murphy retired from the Sydney Dance Company in 2007 after three decades as artistic director. His recent honours include the 2009 Best Choreography Green Room Award for Firebird and the 2011 Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Excellence in Choreography. He was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in June 2012 for his distinguished contribution to Australian dance.

Stuart Campbell (1951–2009) was born in Ballarat and became interested in photography as a student at Swinburne Technical College in Melbourne. In 1972 he moved to Sydney and studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. After graduation Campbell played on stage with major theatre companies, appeared in a number of films including Caddie (1976) and Starstruck (1982), and found work in television series including Certain Women, The Restless Years, Cop Shop and Patrol Boat. In the early 1980s he began taking portraits of friends such as actors Mel Gibson, Colin Friels and Judy Davis and filmmakers Gillian Armstrong and Peter Weir, building up a unique record of the actors, directors and writers of the decade’s ‘Australian New Wave’ cinema. This portrait of Murphy is one of ten photographs acquired by gift from Campbell’s estate following the National Portrait Gallery’s 2011 exhibition of his work, Between light and shadow.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Stuart Campbell 2012

Accession number: 2012.12

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Artist and subject

Stuart Campbell

Graeme Murphy AO

Subject professions

Performing arts

Related information

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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.

Self Portrait, Stuart Campbell by Stuart Campbell
Self Portrait, Stuart Campbell by Stuart Campbell
Self Portrait, Stuart Campbell by Stuart Campbell
Self Portrait, Stuart Campbell by Stuart Campbell

The essence of you

Magazine article by Lee Tulloch, 2011

Lee Tulloch remembers her great friend NIDA-trained actor turned photographer Stuart Campbell.

Mirror Mirror: Graeme Murphy, 2004 Paula Dawson
Mirror Mirror: Graeme Murphy, 2004 Paula Dawson
Mirror Mirror: Graeme Murphy, 2004 Paula Dawson
Mirror Mirror: Graeme Murphy, 2004 Paula Dawson

Reflections on a Hologram

Magazine article by Sam Bowker, 2005

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

Anne Lambert, actor by Stuart Campbell
Anne Lambert, actor by Stuart Campbell
Anne Lambert, actor by Stuart Campbell
Anne Lambert, actor by Stuart Campbell

Between Light and Shadow

Portraits by Stuart Campbell

Previous exhibition, 2011

The late Australian photographer Stuart Campbell produced superb photographs of Australian actors of stage and screen.

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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.