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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.

Catherine Martin

The love, life and art of Bazmark

Passion

Fruitful fusion

Andrew Cowen

Andrew Cowen

Winner, National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014
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Andrew Cowen on photographing his friend Matthew Martin.

The photographers

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The eight photographers represent diverse styles, specialities and career paths. Abigail Varney, Peter Brew-Bevan, Martin Philbey, John Tsiavis, Michelle Day, Julian Kingma, and Giovanni Lovisetto.

Abigail Varney

The inside story

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The photographers reveal the technical side of their work and reflect on changes in their profession. Now everyone has a camera in their pocket, is everyone a photographer? What is it like to sustain a career as a photographer in the entertainment industry? How do you work with celebrity subjects, negotiate the complex logistics of big shoots, and create captivating portraits under pressure?

Announcing.... In their own words

24 November 2020
Archived media releases 2020

Inspiring Australians tell their own stories in a unique new gallery audio tour, developed in collaboration with the National Library of Australia.

Reg Richardson AM

2015-17 Acquisition Fund

Annual Appeal

From 2015 to 2017 the Acquisition Fund was focussed on Reg Richardson AM by Mitch Cairns, a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2014, and a great example of minimalist portraiture.

Untitled (Chihuahua), 2001 by Noel McKenna
Private collection, Melbourne

Noel McKenna

Explore The Popular Pet Show

It’s a matter beyond dispute that in the entire history of Australian art, it’s Noel McKenna who’s painted the liveliest rendition of the head of a Chihuahua.

Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955 by Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon People media information

8 August 2013
Archived media releases 2013

Press releases and images downloads for media.

Paul Kelly, 1992 by Wendy McDougall

Paul Kelly and The Portraits media information

18 June 2013
Archived media releases 2013

Paul Kelly & The Portraits presents a multifaceted image of the performer over the course of his career.

Zareth, 2009 by Scott Bycroft

NPPP 2010 exhibition essay

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Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2010 Prize.

What the tree saw: David Foster

What the tree saw: David Foster, 2018

by Jacqui Stockdale
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Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

In the Lounge, 2006 by North Sullivan

Seduce, Amuse, Entertain

NPPP 2007 exhibition essay
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Michael Desmond, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2007 Prize.

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
Thilin-Thilin Gooragall Nyajaringil Garnkiny-nu (white gum tree, mother for the moon), 2018 by Shirley Purdie

Storytelling

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The fourth row of paintings interweave Ngarranggarni, memories, relationships and Country.

Untitled, 2010 by Jose Legaspi

Jose Legaspi

by Patrick D. Flores
Artist essays

Jose Legaspi was born in 1959 in Manila. He achieved degrees in zoology and biology before turning to fine arts in the mid-1980s.

Scone, 2010 by Darren McDonald
Private collection, Melbourne and courtesy of Scott Livesey Galleries

Darren McDonald

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The wild balancing act of McDonald’s home décor (is that there as a joke? where do I actually sit down? is this ironic or what? what a lovely photo of Darren and Robin in Europe!) is reflected in his own personality.

Man of the year #4, 2011 by Agus Suwage

Agus Suwage

by Enin Supriyanto
Artist essays

Born in 1959, Agus Suwage was educated in the creative hub of Central Java, Yogyakarta before moving west to study graphic design at the Bandung Institute of Technology.

Abduction/The Forest, 2009  © Pushpamala N.

Pushpamala N

by Ajay Sinha
Artist essays

Pushpamala N. was born in 1956 in Bangalore. Her early training was in sculpture, but as her practice progressed she brought an early enthusiasm for narrative figuration into her photographic work.

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.

Zed, from the series Walking the dog, 2005 by Robyn Sweaney

Robyn Sweaney

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Robyn's parents had two terriers, Wuff and Snuff. In spite of Snuff’s ominous name and a couple of close shaves – once, he jumped out of a moving car, and another time, on a long road trip, he was accidentally left behind at a petrol station – he outlived Wuff.

Dr Anne Sanders

Less than six degrees of separation

Lecture, 28 May 2011
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Dr Anne Sanders NPG Curatorial Researcher investigated the lives of the pioneering psychologists whose portraits are featured in Inner Worlds.

The Bare story

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Curator, Penny Grist, reveals how this exhibition came to be

The Art Lovers - Megan, 2013 by Gary Grealy

Everybody, look serious

NPPP 2014 exhibition essay
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Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2014 Prize.

David Marr, 2011 by Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits

Exhibition essay
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Sarah Engledow looks at three decades of Nicholas Harding's portraiture.

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