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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.

Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes

Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes, 1978 (printed 2003)

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Us Mob, Rock Against Racism Concert, Paddington Town Hall
Us Mob, Rock Against Racism Concert, Paddington Town Hall
Us Mob, Rock Against Racism Concert, Paddington Town Hall

Us Mob, Rock Against Racism Concert, Paddington Town Hall, 1980 (printed 2021)

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2021

Us Mob, Paddington Town Hall
Us Mob, Paddington Town Hall
Us Mob, Paddington Town Hall

Us Mob, Paddington Town Hall, 1980 (printed 2021)

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2021

Bob Maza
Bob Maza
Bob Maza

Bob Maza, 1994 (printed 2003)

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Jimmy Little
Jimmy Little
Jimmy Little

Jimmy Little, 2003

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Thanacoupie
Thanacoupie
Thanacoupie

Thanacoupie, 1981

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Kevin Gilbert and Joe in discussion outside Anti-Bicentennial and Treaty Meeting Balmain Town Hall, Sydney
Kevin Gilbert and Joe in discussion outside Anti-Bicentennial and Treaty Meeting Balmain Town Hall, Sydney
Kevin Gilbert and Joe in discussion outside Anti-Bicentennial and Treaty Meeting Balmain Town Hall, Sydney

Kevin Gilbert and Joe in discussion outside Anti-Bicentennial and Treaty Meeting Balmain Town Hall, Sydney, 1987

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2010

Jeffrey Samuels, Boomalli workshop
Jeffrey Samuels, Boomalli workshop
Jeffrey Samuels, Boomalli workshop

Jeffrey Samuels, Boomalli workshop, 2003

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2010

Poet Robert Adamson at Parsley Bay
Poet Robert Adamson at Parsley Bay
Poet Robert Adamson at Parsley Bay

Poet Robert Adamson at Parsley Bay, 2008

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Bill Reid
Bill Reid
Bill Reid

Bill Reid, 1979

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Justine Saunders
Justine Saunders
Justine Saunders

Justine Saunders, 1994 (printed 2003)

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Matilda House presides at the first Welcome to Country
Matilda House presides at the first Welcome to Country
Matilda House presides at the first Welcome to Country

Matilda House presides at the first Welcome to Country, 2008 (printed 2009)

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2009

David Gulpilil
David Gulpilil
David Gulpilil

David Gulpilil, c. 1981

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Gift of the artist 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba
Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba
Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba, 1982

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2004

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba Stradbroke Island (her sitting down place)1982
Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba Stradbroke Island (her sitting down place)1982
Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba Stradbroke Island (her sitting down place)1982

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba Stradbroke Island (her sitting down place)1982, 1982

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2009

Mum Shirl (Mrs Shirley Smith)
Mum Shirl (Mrs Shirley Smith)
Mum Shirl (Mrs Shirley Smith)

Mum Shirl (Mrs Shirley Smith), 1988

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Wandjuk Marika
Wandjuk Marika
Wandjuk Marika

Wandjuk Marika, 1979

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2004

Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi
Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi
Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi

Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi, 1994

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Bart Willoughby (No Fixed Address) at 'The National Land Rights Action' march
Bart Willoughby (No Fixed Address) at 'The National Land Rights Action' march
Bart Willoughby (No Fixed Address) at 'The National Land Rights Action' march

Bart Willoughby (No Fixed Address) at 'The National Land Rights Action' march, 1982

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Gary Foley, Invasion Day - We Have Survived
Gary Foley, Invasion Day - We Have Survived
Gary Foley, Invasion Day - We Have Survived

Gary Foley, Invasion Day - We Have Survived, 1988

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Chicka Dixon
Chicka Dixon
Chicka Dixon

Chicka Dixon, 1980

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane
Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane
Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane

Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane, 1982

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Tom E Lewis [Balang T E Lewis]
Tom E Lewis [Balang T E Lewis]
Tom E Lewis [Balang T E Lewis]

Tom E Lewis [Balang T E Lewis], n.d.

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2021

Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay
Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay
Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay

Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay, 1994

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais)
After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais)
After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais)

After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais), 1994

Juno Gemes
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony
Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony
Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony

Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony, 1985 (printed 2003)

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Senator Aden Ridgeway
Senator Aden Ridgeway
Senator Aden Ridgeway

Senator Aden Ridgeway, 2003

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

Marcia Langton, 2013

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2015

Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

Marcia Langton, 1982

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2004

Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River
Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River
Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River

Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River, 2014

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2015

Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo
Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo
Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo

Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo, 1994

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2004

George Burarrwanga, Warumpi Band
George Burarrwanga, Warumpi Band
George Burarrwanga, Warumpi Band

George Burarrwanga, Warumpi Band, 1984 (printed 2021)

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2021

Warumpi Band, Sydney Opera House
Warumpi Band, Sydney Opera House
Warumpi Band, Sydney Opera House

Warumpi Band, Sydney Opera House, 1984 (printed 2021)

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2021

Linda Burney MLA Canturbury and Rick Farley at home, Marrickville
Linda Burney MLA Canturbury and Rick Farley at home, Marrickville
Linda Burney MLA Canturbury and Rick Farley at home, Marrickville

Linda Burney MLA Canturbury and Rick Farley at home, Marrickville, 2003

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson
The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson
The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson

The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson, 1981 (printed 2003)

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Tiga Bayles with No Fixed Address at the People for Nuclear Disarmament rally on Palm Sunday, 27 March 1983
Tiga Bayles with No Fixed Address at the People for Nuclear Disarmament rally on Palm Sunday, 27 March 1983
Tiga Bayles with No Fixed Address at the People for Nuclear Disarmament rally on Palm Sunday, 27 March 1983

Tiga Bayles with No Fixed Address at the People for Nuclear Disarmament rally on Palm Sunday, 27 March 1983, 1983

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

No Fixed Address from 'Rock Against Racism' concert, Redfern
No Fixed Address from 'Rock Against Racism' concert, Redfern
No Fixed Address from 'Rock Against Racism' concert, Redfern

No Fixed Address from 'Rock Against Racism' concert, Redfern, 1980

Juno Gemes
Portrait, sepia toned strip proof on paper

Gift of the artist 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Burnum Burnum and Guboo Ted Thomas
Burnum Burnum and Guboo Ted Thomas
Burnum Burnum and Guboo Ted Thomas

Burnum Burnum and Guboo Ted Thomas, 1984

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2004

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba

Proof

Portraits from The Movement 1978-2003
Previous exhibition, 2003

Portraits from The Movement is the first comprehensive survey of photographs from the Juno Gemes archive, which has supported the Aboriginal struggle for justice in Australia from 1978 to the present day.

Marcia Langton

Powerful energy

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Dr Christopher Chapman explores the symbolism in the portrait commission of Marcia Langton by Brook Andrew.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark

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.

Jim Conway

Selfhood transcended

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders and Dr Christopher Chapman, 2018

Anne Sanders and Christopher Chapman bring passionate characterisation to Express Yourself, the Portrait Gallery collection exhibition celebrating iconoclastic Australians.

Vincent Brady leading anti Bicentenary Protest, Brisbane, 1987 Michael Aird

Activating the space

Magazine article by Sandra Phillips, 2020

Sandra Phillips on portraits of Indigenous activism from Cairns Art Gallery’s 2019 Queen’s Land Blak Portraiture exhibition.

 

Margaret Whitlam

Open Air

Portraits in the Landscape
Previous exhibition, 2008

Open Air is an exhibition of portraits of Australians in environments of particular significance to them.

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
Dr Peter Farrell

Giving and getting

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

The exhibition Portraits for Posterity celebrates gifts to the Gallery, of purchases made with donated funds, and testifies to the generosity and community spirit of Australians.

Studio portrait of servicewoman Lance Corporal Kathleen Jean Mary (Kath) Walker, c.1942

Past present

Magazine article by Krysia Kitch, 2016

Krysia Kitch celebrates Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

Jessie Street

First Ladies

Significant Australian Women 1913–2013
Previous exhibition, 2013

First Ladies profiles women who have achieved noteworthy firsts over the past 100 years.

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