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Bruce Spence

n.d.
Stuart Campbell

gelatin silver photograph on paper (image: 13.4 cm x 20.4 cm, sheet: 40.5 cm x 30.4 cm)

A headshot is the actor's business card, a portrait that plays a crucial role in casting films. Between the early 1980s and mid-2000s, Stuart Campbell was one of the busiest headshot photographers for Sydney actors. His subjects would perch on a red bucket in his Bondi Beach apartment. His darkroom was a converted laundry and he hung his prints on a Hills Hoist to dry. Bruce Spence made his film debut in the title role of director Tim Burstall's Stork (1971), and he has since had a long career in theatre, film and television, including Matrix, Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings films.

Gift of the Estate of Stuart Campbell 2012
© Estate of Stuart Campbell

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Stuart Campbell

Bruce Spence

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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.

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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