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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.

Cate Blanchett, 2006 by Martin Schoeller

Martin Schoeller

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Previous exhibition, 2010

German-born American photographer Martin Schoeller's first exhibition in Australia presents compelling large-scale portraits. The exhibition explores human identity through photographs of individuals accustomed and unaccustomed to the spotlight.

Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham)
Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham)
Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham)

Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham), 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Purchased 2005

Rover Thomas
Rover Thomas
Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Purchased 2005

Jimmy Wululu
Jimmy Wululu
Jimmy Wululu

Jimmy Wululu, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Purchased 2005

James Iyuna
James Iyuna
James Iyuna

James Iyuna, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Purchased 2005

Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan

Dan Sultan, 2011

Martin Philbey
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ruth and Peter McMullin 2013

Paddy Dhathangu
Paddy Dhathangu
Paddy Dhathangu

Paddy Dhathangu, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Purchased 2005

Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham)

Big shots

Magazine article by Djon Mundine OAM, 2017

Djon Mundine OAM brings poignant memory and context to Martin van der Wal’s 1986 portrait photographs of storied Aboriginal artists.

John Mawurndjul
John Mawurndjul
John Mawurndjul

John Mawurndjul, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Purchased 2005

John Bulunbulun
John Bulunbulun
John Bulunbulun

John Bulunbulun, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Purchased 2005

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