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Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2008

by Adam Knott

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 Finalist

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu has been blind since birth and has become one of Australia's most respected musicians. When we discussed his portrait before the session he said the main point he wanted me to convey was the pride he has for his Aboriginal people. I used the red from the Aboriginal flag for the background and lit Gurrumul with a series of spots to convey the depth of his devotion to his people. Gurrumul's music has been described as 'unadorned' so I decided to photograph him in the same way.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Other NPPP photos from Adam Knott

Paddy Ellis - Lightning Ridge Opal Miner, 2013 by Adam Knott
2014 Finalist
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