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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.

Andrew Gaze

Andrew Gaze, 2018

by George Fetting
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Trent Birkett 2018

The Bare story

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Curator, Penny Grist, reveals how this exhibition came to be

Abigail Varney

The inside story

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The photographers reveal the technical side of their work and reflect on changes in their profession. Now everyone has a camera in their pocket, is everyone a photographer? What is it like to sustain a career as a photographer in the entertainment industry? How do you work with celebrity subjects, negotiate the complex logistics of big shoots, and create captivating portraits under pressure?

Sir George Grey

Nothing black and white about the Greys

It's Complicated

Marriage: a prolonged disaster

George and Jemima Billet with family

In the most correct style

Nearest & Dearest

Desirable outcomes, undesirable origins

My Dad the People Smuggler, 2013

by Phuong Thai Hoang Ngo
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Finalist, MDPA 2013

Artist in residence creates portraits using brainwave zctivity

29 June 2016
Archived media releases 2016

Digital media artist, George Khut, is creating a spectacular form of digital portraiture involving public participants.

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

Australian Love Stories online

#PortraitureComesHome

Lust and longing, drama and devotion, seduction and scandal! Delve into an enticing array of tales of the heart.

Prison and death in the 19th century

Two iBooks of authentic records
Learning resources

These books include sixteen inmates including Ned Kelly, Captain Moonlite and Frederick Deeming and twelve sketches of the deceased, including several children. For Year 7 – 9 students.

Bern Emmerichs video: 4 minutes

Bern Emmerichs

Contributing artists

Born: 1961, Melbourne
Works: Melbourne

Leaving Lost, 2013

by Frazer Bull-Clark
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Finalist, MDPA 2013

Lowitja O'Donoghue

Awesome Achievers

A cross-curriculum learning resource
Learning resources

What makes someone awesome? And how does a portrait tell a person's story? Bring your students up close and personal with some great Australians. For upper primary school students.

Mark Ella

Gallery unveils Portrait of Mark Ella

12 May 2016
Archived media releases 2016

Last night in Sydney, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a newly commissioned portrait of Australian sporting legend Mark Ella AM.

Esther Erlich and Joe

Esther Erlich and Joe

Vox pops

Joe is my grandson, he's the youngest of my son's kids, and the other two have been painted already so I did him.

Nick Cave, Susie Bick and Luke Cave, 1998 (printed 2020) Dominique Issermann. Courtesy of the artist © Dominique Issermann

Stepping out

Devotion

Beautiful punk love

Natalie Bassingthwaighte by Peter Brew-Bevan

Stealing moments

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On-set stills photographers have no control over the momentum of filming that surrounds them. Using 'blimp' housings so camera clicks are inaudible, the photographers are a subtle presence on set.

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