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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 portraits of Captain Cook'

An interview with Betty Churcher
Portrait story

Betty Churcher describes the creation of the portrait of Captain James Cook in the National Portrait Gallery.

Charlie Teo

'I would love to be considered mainstream'
Portrait story

Acclaimed neurosurgeon, Charlie Teo discusses the pressures of his career.

Phrenology video: 3 minutes 25 seconds

Ned Kelly and death masks

'Judge a person by their cover'
Portrait story

Alexandra Roginski explains the history behind the pseudo-science of phrenology.

Tom Carroll

Portrait story

Regarded as one of the greatest surfers of all time, Tom Carroll describes his career.

Akira Isogawa

Inside the patterns
Portrait story

Iconic Australian fashion designer, Akira Isogawa discusses the development of his unique style.

Tan Le

'So many stars'
Portrait story

Tech entrepreneur Tan Le and photographer John Tsiavis.

Michael Leunig

'Drawing the human spirit'
Portrait story
Philosopher, cartoonist and national treasure, Michael Leunig discusses his art.
 

Aldo Giurgola

by Mandy Martin
Portrait story

Romaldo Giurgola talks about his portrait and the relationship between architecture and landscape.

Cadel Evans

'I believed in myself'
Portrait story

Australian champion cyclist Cadel Evans discusses his career.

Ken Done

'I am very Sydney'
Portrait story

Iconic Australian artist Ken Done discusses his life and career as a painter.

Marilyn Darling interview video: 2 minutes

Marilyn Darling

by Anne Zahalka
Portrait story

Marilyn Darling talks about the creation of her portrait, and the photographic process.

Christos Tsiolkas

'Learning to write saved my life'
Portrait story

Acclaimed Australian author, Christos Tsiolkas describes his childhood and how he came to write.

Peter Sculthorpe

'Brings in the sun'
Portrait story

Legendary Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe, describes the development of his career.

Jacqueline Mitelman

'Buddha-nature'
Portrait story

Australian photographer, Jacqueline Mitelman, discusses her process for creating portraiture.

Kate Grenville

'The secret river'
Portrait story

Kate Grenville reads a passage from her novel The secret river and describes its creation.

Mark Webber

'You've got to make of it what you will'
Portrait story

Champion racing driver, Mark Webber, discusses his childhood and racing career.

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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