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The Twins, 2006

by Karen Donnelly

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 Finalist

The Twins is part of a larger series that examines identity in terms of siblings in order to contrast and reflect upon the nature of their relationship. This portrait observes and acknowledges their relationship as both ordinary and unique. Ask any twin what it's like to be a twin and they will look bemused; being a twin of a twin is normal and yet, their differences and similarities are exaggerated. Their differences are unseen or certainly more immense to the twin.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Other NPPP photos from Karen Donnelly

A couple of million words: Humphrey McQueen, 2008 by Karen Donnelly
2009 Finalist

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Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell
Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell
Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell
Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Previous exhibition, 2007

Photography is the most pervasive and popular medium for portraiture and makes a natural fit with the Gallery, being a natural extension of the Gallery's longstanding commitment to photography as a contemporary portrait medium.

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