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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.

Michelle Simmons

Three ways to look at a photograph

NPPP 2019 exhibition essay
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Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2019 Prize.

Zareth, 2009 by Scott Bycroft

NPPP 2010 exhibition essay

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Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2010 Prize.

David Chalmers

Coming into being

NPPP 2018 exhibition essay
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Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2018 Prize.

Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne

NPPP 2009 exhibition essay

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Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2009 Prize.

Kid A, 2014 by Joshua Morris

Swimming every day

NPPP 2015 exhibition essay
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Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2015 Prize.

Dr Reg Hook

Inner Worlds and psychoanalysis

Lecture, 4 June 2011
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Inner Worlds evokes a broad view of psychology as a discipline. However, the specific interests of the practitioners whose portraits are included in the exhibition incorporate specialist areas including psychoanalysis.

Dr Christopher Chapman

The art of Inner Worlds

Lecture, 7 May 2011
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Dr Christopher Chapman NPG Curator of Inner Worlds explains the development of an exhibition that spans from Surrealism to contemporary art.

Dominik, First Tour, Backnang 2000 by Collier Schorr

Collier Schorr

Tough & Tender
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This is the first time Collier Schorr's photographs, which explore gender and identity, have been shown in Australia.

Lesley Harding

Faces of war

Lecture, 14 May 2011
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Lesley Harding, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne explores Albert Tucker’s experience of World War II, his interests in the intersection between psychology and creativity, and their influence on his portrait making.

Nan and Brian in bed, New York City 1983 by Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin

Tough & Tender
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The photographs by Nan Goldin in Tough and tender are warm images of heartache and hope.

Bed piece, 1972 by Chris Burden

Chris Burden

Tough & Tender
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In the video in Tough and tender Chris Burden narrates his performance artworks characterised by focused attention to mind over physical body.

Billy Mann 1963 by Larry Clark

Larry Clark

Tough & Tender
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Larry Clark's black-and-white documentary images of young outsiders reveal raw feelings. 

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About the exhibition

Portraits + Architecture
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Last Light Ellis Hutch

Reflections

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All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War exhibition co-curators Dr Anne Sanders and Dr Christopher Chapman reflect on the evolution of the Gallery’s Anzac Centenary exhibition.

Vy (Cowsill) 2016 by Rozalind Drummond

Rozalind Drummond

Tough & Tender
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The photographs in Tough & tender by Rozalind Drummond evoke individual freedom and personal reflection. 

Hugh 2015, by Warwick Baker

Warwick Baker

Tough & Tender
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The photographs in Tough and tender by Warwick Baker reveal intimate connections and moments of closeness. 

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