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'Red Terra' - Black Activist: A portrait of Gary Foley, 2006

by Rod McNicol

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 Finalist

From the very beginning of my photographic career, when I studied photography at Prahran College (Melbourne) in the 1970s, portraiture has been the central focus of my work. I have always been drawn to portraiture that is very direct, and this portrait of Gary Foley is no exception. Historically, however, my sitters for the most part have been anonymous, so in this respect this portrait is an exception as Gary does have a high profile. Along with my characteristic direct gaze, I have sought to make strong use of colour in this particular work. The term Red Terra in the title was, by happy coincidence, the brand name for the colour I chose to use for background.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Other NPPP photos from Rod McNicol

Barry Jones AC, 2021 Rod McNicol
2022 Finalist
Tracey, 2018 by Rod McNicol
2019 Finalist
Self-portrait, 2015 by Rod McNicol
2016 Finalist
My friend Siu’s dear mother, Mrs Chan, 2014 by Rod McNicol
2015 Finalist
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