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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.

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell

Eye to eye

Previous exhibition, 2019

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze.

Peter Garrett by Karin Catt

Famous Karin Catt Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has photographed world leaders, a host of rock stars and Oscar-winning compatriots Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Cate Blanchett.

Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

Previous exhibition, 2015

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Sir Mark Oliphant, c. 1948 Lotte Meitner-Graf
Sir Mark Oliphant, c. 1948 Lotte Meitner-Graf
Sir Mark Oliphant, c. 1948 Lotte Meitner-Graf

Sir Mark Oliphant, c. 1948 Lotte Meitner-Graf

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ms Vivian Wilson 2004

John Farnham, 1996 Polly Borland

Glossy - Faces Magazines Now

Previous exhibition, 1999

Magazines are the portrait galleries of the 90s... Glossy is about magazines. The exhibition presents the work of eight photographers, Australian by birth or long-term residency, who are producing portraits for publication in magazines around the world.

Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880) an unknown artist
Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880) an unknown artist
Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880) an unknown artist

Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880), 1880 an unknown artist

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Marea Gazzard, c. 1985 Lewis Morley
Marea Gazzard, c. 1985 Lewis Morley
Marea Gazzard, c. 1985 Lewis Morley

Marea Gazzard, c. 1985 Lewis Morley

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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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.