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Amy Castles
Amy Castles
Amy Castles

Amy Castles, c. 1899

Falk Studios
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cardboard (Paris Panel)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Jim and Barbara Higgins 2012

Amy Castles
Amy Castles
Amy Castles

Amy Castles, c. 1899

Falk Studios
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cardboard (Paris Panel)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Jim and Barbara Higgins 2012

Amy Castles
Amy Castles
Amy Castles

Amy Castles, c. 1899

Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cardboard (Paris Panel)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Jim and Barbara Higgins 2012

Amy Castles
Amy Castles
Amy Castles

Amy Castles, c. 1902

The Swiss Studios, Melbourne
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cardboard (Paris Panel)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Jim and Barbara Higgins 2012

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Reflections on castles

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2004

Andrew Sayers describes the unique characteristics of the international band of portrait galleries.

More about the National Photographic Portrait Prize

General content

Comments from our judges and information about entering the 2017 Prize.

Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist

Sibly irresistible

Magazine article by Alexandra Roginski, 2019

Alexandra Roginski reveals a forceful feminist figure in the colonial period’s slippery science, phrenology.

Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

NPPP 2016 exhibition essay

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Penny Grist, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2016 Prize.

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