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Introducing Living Memory

In conversation

Streamed live at 12:30pm (AEST), Saturday 7th August 2021
Introducing Living Memory
Video: 52 minutes

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions, for a sneak peek at our exciting new exhibition, Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

The annual National Photographic Portrait Prize always holds a mirror up to Australian experience, emotion and spirit. As we’re all aware, 2020 was a year like no other.

It was full of extraordinary moments, and the photographers of Australia were there to see, feel and capture them. This year we know Living Memory, a special edition of the prize, will reflect these remarkable times of change and continuity, isolation and community, destruction and resilience.

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Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Previous exhibition, 2021

The 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.

Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Previous exhibition, 2021

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

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