A headshot is the actor's business card, a portrait that plays a crucial role in casting films. Between the early 1980s and mid-2000s, Stuart Campbell was one of the busiest headshot photographers for Sydney actors. His subjects would perch on a red bucket in his Bondi Beach apartment. His darkroom was a converted laundry and he hung his prints on a Hills Hoist to dry. Bruce Spence made his film debut in the title role of director Tim Burstall's Stork (1971), and he has since had a long career in theatre, film and television, including the Matrix, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings films.
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Accession number: 2012.15
More about the artist and subject
Between Light and Shadow
Portraits by Stuart Campbell
The late Australian photographer Stuart Campbell produced superb photographs of Australian actors of stage and screen.
Magazine article, Portrait 39
The essence of you
Lee Tulloch remembers her great friend NIDA-trained actor turned photographer Stuart Campbell.
Permanent collection catalogue
On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.