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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.

Joe and Brenda, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley
Joe and Brenda, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley
Joe and Brenda, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Joe and Brenda, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Brenda L Croft and Dr Matilda House

Brenda L Croft and Dr Matilda House In Conversation

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Brenda L Croft (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra peoples) talks with Ngambri/Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri elder, Dr Matilda House, about her photographic portrait.

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Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal), 2020 Brenda L. Croft

Portrait, inkjet print (from original tintype, wet plate collodion process) on archival paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by The Calvert-Jones Foundation 2020

Russell Page in Venice, 1997 Brenda L. Croft
Russell Page in Venice, 1997 Brenda L. Croft
Russell Page in Venice, 1997 Brenda L. Croft

Russell Page in Venice, 1997 Brenda L. Croft

Portrait, triptych of type C photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Michael Riley's portraits video: 4 mins

Michael Riley's portraits

Portrait story

Linda Burney, Brenda Croft and Darrell Sibosado share memories of Michael Riley and his photographic practice.

Portrait of Brenda Niall, 1997 Judy Cassab
Portrait of Brenda Niall, 1997 Judy Cassab
Portrait of Brenda Niall, 1997 Judy Cassab

Portrait of Brenda Niall, 1997 Judy Cassab

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Brenda Niall AO 2019
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Hetti, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

A photographer’s glamorous friends

Nearest & Dearest

Community, arts, activism

Hetti, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Beauty and strength Portraits by Michael Riley

Previous exhibition, 2014

Influential Indigenous Australian artist Michael Riley (1960 - 2004) created these portrait photographs between 1984 and 1990 - they stand as an intricately connected group portrait of the vibrant urban-based Indigenous arts community in Sydney's inner-west at a formative moment.

Tracey, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1986 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Sophisticated and glamorous

Magazine article by Amanda Rowell, 2015

Michael Riley’s early portraits by Amanda Rowell.

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Forum participants

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Biographies of participants in the Writing lives, revealing lives forum.

Writing on the Wall, 2019 Dr Christian Thompson AO

To arrive at hope NPPP 2020 exhibition essay

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Penelope Grist, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2020 Prize.

The Living Room, 2012 by Janet Tavener

Janet Tavener

Finalist interviews
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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.