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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.

First-Class Marksman, 1946 by Sidney Nolan

Money for Myth

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2015

Australian character on the market by Jane Raffan.

Marilyn Darling interview video: 2 minutes

Marilyn Darling by Anne Zahalka

Portrait story

Marilyn Darling talks about the creation of her portrait, and the photographic process.

Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka

Support Crew

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Portraits of philanthropists in the collection honour their contributions to Australia and acknowledge their support of the National Portrait Gallery.

Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka
Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka
Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka

Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, colour transparency on lightbox

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2010

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.

The Bathers, 1989

Hall of Mirrors Anne Zahalka Portraits 1987-2007

Previous exhibition, 2007

Hall of Mirrors: Anne Zahalka Portraits 1987-2007 explores the thread of portraiture through the artist's prolific career, now spanning more than 20 years.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Portraits for Posterity

Previous exhibition, 2006

Drawn from some of the many donations made to the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Portraits for Posterity pays homage both to the remarkable (and varied) group of Australians who are portrayed in the portraits and the generosity of the many donors who have presented them to the Gallery.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Depth of Field Portrait Photography from the Collection

Previous exhibition, 2004

Over the last five years the National Portrait Gallery has developed a collection of portrait photographs that reflects both the strength and diversity of Australian achievement as well as the talents of our photographers.

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo

A gift for all ages

Magazine article by Rod Kemp, 2003

The then Minister for the Arts and Sport, Rod Kemp, reflects on the value of the Cultural Gifts Program.

Margaret Wilson, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Margaret Wilson, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Margaret Wilson, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Margaret Wilson, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leo Christie 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leo Christie 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Susan Norrie, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Susan Norrie, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Susan Norrie, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Susan Norrie, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leo Christie 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Helen Eager, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Helen Eager, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Helen Eager, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Helen Eager, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leo Christie 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Mandy Martin, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Mandy Martin, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Mandy Martin, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Mandy Martin, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leo Christie 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Banduk Marika, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Banduk Marika, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Banduk Marika, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Banduk Marika, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Ann Thomson, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Ann Thomson, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Ann Thomson, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Ann Thomson, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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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.