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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.

Portrait Stories

Portrait Stories use video, multimedia and sound to present the stories of the artists and subjects in the National Portrait Gallery's collection. This series is produced with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Michael Leunig video: 6 minutes 27 seconds
Michael Leunig video: 6 minutes 27 seconds
Michael Leunig video: 6 minutes 27 seconds

Michael Leunig

'Drawing the human spirit'

6 minutes 27 seconds

Philosopher, cartoonist and national treasure, Michael Leunig discusses his art.
 
Glenn Murcutt video: 4 minutes
Glenn Murcutt video: 4 minutes
Glenn Murcutt video: 4 minutes

Glenn Murcutt

'Strength and delicacy'

4 minutes

Award-winning Australian architect, Glenn Murcutt describes the philosophy of his architectural practice and his minimalist portrait by Ken Done.

Charlie Teo video: 5 minutes
Charlie Teo video: 5 minutes
Charlie Teo video: 5 minutes

Charlie Teo

'I would love to be considered mainstream'

5 minutes

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

David Malouf video: 4 minutes and 11 seconds
David Malouf video: 4 minutes and 11 seconds
David Malouf video: 4 minutes and 11 seconds

David Malouf

'The person who is the writer'

4 minutes and 11 seconds

Australian author David Malouf discusses the creation of his portrait by artist Rick Amor.

Dave Graney and Clare Moore video: 2 minutes 41 seconds
Dave Graney and Clare Moore video: 2 minutes 41 seconds
Dave Graney and Clare Moore video: 2 minutes 41 seconds

Dave Graney and Clare Moore

'Why would you want to listen to pub rock?'

2 minutes 41 seconds

Dave Graney and Clare Moore discuss music, photography and bandoleros of meat.

Cadel Evans video: 2 minutes 30 seconds
Cadel Evans video: 2 minutes 30 seconds
Cadel Evans video: 2 minutes 30 seconds

Cadel Evans

'I believed in myself'

2 minutes 30 seconds

Australian champion cyclist Cadel Evans discusses his career.

Lowitja O'Donoghue by Robert Hannaford video: 4 minutes and 5 seconds
Lowitja O'Donoghue by Robert Hannaford video: 4 minutes and 5 seconds
Lowitja O'Donoghue by Robert Hannaford video: 4 minutes and 5 seconds

Lowitja O'Donoghue and Robert Hannaford

'I'm going to wear everything red, black, and yellow'

4 minutes and 5 seconds

Lowitja O'Donoghue discusses her life and portrait by Robert Hannaford.

Tim Flannery by Robert Hannaford video: 3 minutes and 21 seconds
Tim Flannery by Robert Hannaford video: 3 minutes and 21 seconds
Tim Flannery by Robert Hannaford video: 3 minutes and 21 seconds

Tim Flannery by Robert Hannaford

'The space around'

3 minutes and 21 seconds

Tim Flannery and artist Robert Hannaford discuss the creation of Tim's portrait.

Shane Gould video: 3 minutes 48 seconds
Shane Gould video: 3 minutes 48 seconds
Shane Gould video: 3 minutes 48 seconds

Shane Gould

'Swimming is in my bones'

3 minutes 48 seconds

Shane Gould, Australian champion and Olympic gold medallist talks about her passion for swimming.

Phrenology video: 3 minutes 25 seconds
Phrenology video: 3 minutes 25 seconds
Phrenology video: 3 minutes 25 seconds

Ned Kelly and death masks

'Judge a person by their cover'

3 minutes 25 seconds

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

Mandyam Srinivasan video: 3 minutes 37 seconds
Mandyam Srinivasan video: 3 minutes 37 seconds
Mandyam Srinivasan video: 3 minutes 37 seconds

Mandyam Srinivasan

'Hive minds'

3 minutes 37 seconds

An interview with Professor of Visual Neuroscience, University of Queensland, Mandyam Srinivasan.

Life and Times: Portraits by Rod McNicol video: 3 minutes
Life and Times: Portraits by Rod McNicol video: 3 minutes
Life and Times: Portraits by Rod McNicol video: 3 minutes

Rod McNicol

'Life and Times'

3 minutes

Echoing 19th-century photography, Rod McNicol's portraits give us a chance to look quietly at the human condition.

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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.