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Collection: Icons

Volume One

Saturday 24 February until Sunday 3 June 2018
Layne Beachley, 2008 by Petrina Hicks
Layne Beachley, 2008 by Petrina Hicks

When a portrait communicates determination and individuality as boldly as these do, it has the potential to become an iconic image. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 by Peter Brew-Bevan

In ancient Greece an eikōn was a likeness of an exemplar, someone whose labours and deeds inspired our own striving. Later, medieval icon paintings depicted saints and deities.

Two-thirds of the Gallery’s 2,600 portraits are photographs. Since its invention by French scientist Nicéphore Niépce two centuries ago, photography has become the dominant portrait medium of our time.

Collection: Icons Volume 2 opens on 7 June.