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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.

In the Lounge, 2006 by North Sullivan

Seduce, Amuse, Entertain NPPP 2007 exhibition essay

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Michael Desmond, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2007 Prize.

Andrew Gaze, 2018 George Fetting

Andrew Gaze, 2018 by George Fetting

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Commissioned with funds provided by Trent Birkett 2018

Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead

Electric! Portraits that pop!

Previous exhibition, 2018

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 Brett Canet-Gibson
Trevor Jamieson, 2016 Brett Canet-Gibson
Trevor Jamieson, 2016 Brett Canet-Gibson

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 Brett Canet-Gibson

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham), 1986 Martin van der Wal

Big shots

Magazine article by Djon Mundine OAM, 2017

Djon Mundine OAM brings poignant memory and context to Martin van der Wal’s 1986 portrait photographs of storied Aboriginal artists.

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 by Brett Canet-Gibson

The more things change... NPPP 2017 exhibition essay

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Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2017 Prize.

NPPP finalists

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Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

Sarah Engledow picks some favourites from a decade of the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Janet Dawson, 2016 by Mark Mohell

Janet Dawson

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When soulmates Janet Dawson and Michael Boddy moved from Sydney to a property, Boddy was clear about why: ‘Our marriage is one long conversation - we moved to the bush so we could talk to each other without so many interruptions.’

Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley

Bare Degrees of undress

Previous exhibition, 2015

Bare: Degrees of undress celebrates the candid, contrived, natural, sexy, ironic, beautiful, and fascinating in Australian portraiture that shows a bit of skin. 

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Self portrait, 1999/2005 Tracey Moffatt

Home truths

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Despite once expressing a limited interest in the self portrait, the idea of it has figured strongly in much of Tracey Moffatt's work and has done so in some of her most distinctive and compelling images.

Gulpilil (David) Dreaming - Kakadu 2006 George Fetting
Gulpilil (David) Dreaming - Kakadu 2006 George Fetting
Gulpilil (David) Dreaming - Kakadu 2006 George Fetting

Gulpilil (David) Dreaming - Kakadu 2006, 2006 George Fetting

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2008

The hunting lodge, 2007

Seduce Amuse Entertain

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

Michael Desmond profiles a handful of the entrants in first National Photographic Portrait Prize and notes emerging themes and categories.

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.

David Gulpilil, 1978 Juno Gemes
David Gulpilil, 1978 Juno Gemes
David Gulpilil, 1978 Juno Gemes

David Gulpilil, 1978 Juno Gemes

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Phillip Gudthaykudthay, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Phillip Gudthaykudthay, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Phillip Gudthaykudthay, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Phillip Gudthaykudthay, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

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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.