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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.

Athol Shmith, 1985

Michel Lawrence
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Margot Rhys, 1935 by Athol Shmith

Progressive pictures

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2017

Athol Shmith’s photographs contributed to the emergence of a new vision of Australian womanhood.

The Seekers reunite 50 years on, 2011

Helen Edwards
Portrait, synthetic polymer on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The Seekers, 1993

Rennie Ellis
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Graham Kennedy and the Seekers in Melbourne, c. 1967

Robert Whitaker
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (Shmith), c. 1952

Max Dupain
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Timothy Fairfax AC 2003

Portrait 57

Winter 2017
Magazine

The discovery of Dempsey's People, Australian rugby greats, Athol Shmith's progressive pictures, and powerful Indigenous portraits.

Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland, 1983

Arthur Horner
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Eric Harding and Athol Hawke 2002

Michael Leunig, 2004

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, type C photograph on 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.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency