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Cormac and Callum, 2008

by Ingvar Kenne

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 Winner

This portrait is yet another collaboration with my mates - Cormac and Callum. I regularly take their portrait (as fathers do). This time, as always, as much is asked of my negotiation skills as of those as a photographer. The idea needs to go through the process of several prewarnings about the upcoming session. I discuss time needed, amount of frames and that they need to be still. And that there might be a treat at the other side. Only then am I given enough of their precious time. Fair enough. With all my subjects, I give myself strict boundaries of composition, lighting and choice of camera / film. Each individual is painted with the same brush, without help of retouching, regardless of fame or obscurity. My aim is to minimise the subject's acquired, and inevitable awareness of self when asked to be photographed. Less is always showing me more.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Other NPPP photos from Ingvar Kenne

Sarker Protick, Artist, Sydney, Australia, 2018 by Ingvar Kenne
2019 Finalist
Alexis Wright
2010 Finalist
Brad 'Gaggsy' Gallagher at a Bachelor and Spinsters Ball, Tooradin, Victoria, 2016 by Ingvar Kenne
2017 Finalist
Martin Mishkulnig, 2006 by Ingvar Kenne
2007 Finalist

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Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

Sarah Engledow picks some favourites from a decade of the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009

Citizen Kenne

Magazine article by April Thompson, 2013

April Thompson explores an exhibition of Ingvar Kenne’s global portrait project.

Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne

Ingvar Kenne

Citizen

Previous exhibition, 2012

Swedish-born Australian photographer, Ingvar Kenne, captures both individuality and shared human experience in his ongoing portrait project Citizen.

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