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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.

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Previous exhibition, 2015

This exhibition showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC.

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings

Australian of the Year Inspiring a Nation

Previous exhibition, 2010

The Australian of the Year Awards have often provoked controversy about who is selected and whether their achievements are remarkable.

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.

Tim Pak Poy, 1998 (printed 2005) Kate Gollings
Tim Pak Poy, 1998 (printed 2005) Kate Gollings
Tim Pak Poy, 1998 (printed 2005) Kate Gollings

Tim Pak Poy, 1998 (printed 2005) Kate Gollings

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Gilbert Lau, c. 1998 (printed 2005) Kate Gollings
Gilbert Lau, c. 1998 (printed 2005) Kate Gollings
Gilbert Lau, c. 1998 (printed 2005) Kate Gollings

Gilbert Lau, c. 1998 (printed 2005) Kate Gollings

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

Masters of Fare Chefs, winemakers, providores

Previous exhibition, 2004

Masters of fare: chefs, winemakers, providores celebrates men and women who have championed the unique culinary characteristics and produce of Australia, enriching our lives with new ideas and new flavours over the past forty years.

Colin Madigan and Robert Hughes, Canberra, 1982 (printed 2000) David Moore

Three Dimensional

Magazine article by Kate Gollings, 2004

Kate Gollings describes an encounter between three generations of Australian photographers; David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings.

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.

Cheong Liew, c. 1999 Kate Gollings
Cheong Liew, c. 1999 Kate Gollings
Cheong Liew, c. 1999 Kate Gollings

Cheong Liew, c. 1999 Kate Gollings

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Fred Schepisi, c. 2000 Kate Gollings
Fred Schepisi, c. 2000 Kate Gollings
Fred Schepisi, c. 2000 Kate Gollings

Fred Schepisi, c. 2000 Kate Gollings

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

David Williamson, 1974 (printed 2001) Gordon Glenn

The Story So Far...

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

A reflection on the National Portrait Gallery's first four years.

David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings, 1980 Kate Gollings
David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings, 1980 Kate Gollings
David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings, 1980 Kate Gollings

David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings, 1980 Kate Gollings

Portrait, colour digital print on photographic paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2001

Brian Croser AO, 1998 Kate Gollings
Brian Croser AO, 1998 Kate Gollings
Brian Croser AO, 1998 Kate Gollings

Brian Croser AO, 1998 Kate Gollings

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2001

Ron Castan AM QC, 1995 Kate Gollings
Ron Castan AM QC, 1995 Kate Gollings
Ron Castan AM QC, 1995 Kate Gollings

Ron Castan AM QC, 1995 Kate Gollings

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2001

Donald Argus, 1996 Kate Gollings
Donald Argus, 1996 Kate Gollings
Donald Argus, 1996 Kate Gollings

Donald Argus, 1996 Kate Gollings

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2001

Victor and Loti Smorgon, 1995 (printed 2001) Kate Gollings
Victor and Loti Smorgon, 1995 (printed 2001) Kate Gollings
Victor and Loti Smorgon, 1995 (printed 2001) Kate Gollings

Victor and Loti Smorgon, 1995 (printed 2001) Kate Gollings

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2001

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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.