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Turia Pitt

2017 (printed 2021)
Peter Brew-Bevan

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 101 cm x 140 cm, frame: 105.3 cm x 144.4 cm depth 4.3 cm)

Turia Pitt (b. 1987), author, businesswoman, motivational speaker and athlete, grew up in Ulladulla, New South Wales and studied engineering and science at the University of NSW, graduating in 2010. The following year, she became trapped by a grassfire during an ultramarathon run through the Kimberley region in Western Australia. By the time help arrived, she had suffered severe burns to 65 per cent of her body and wasn't expected to live. Placed in a medically-induced coma for a month, she endured more than 100 surgeries and 864 days in hospital. Since 2014, when the Western Australian Supreme Court ruled in her favour in an action against the organisers of the race, Pitt has built a successful online self-help business, written three books, and raised more than $1 million for the organisation ReSurge International by walking the Great Wall of China (2014), the Inca Trail (2015) and the Kokoda Track (2016). In 2016 she competed in both the Ironman Australia and Ironman World Championship events.

Peter Brew-Bevan's photograph of Pitt captures her beauty, strength and tenacity. 'I had to claw my way back into life, learn to walk, learn to talk,' she told the Sydney Morning Herald in 2014. 'All the things I had taken for granted before became seemingly impossible tasks.' This image appeared in a feature in Marie Claire in 2017.

Purchased with funds provided by the Annual Appeal for Contemporary Australian Photography 2021
© Peter Brew-Bevan

Artist and subject

Peter Brew-Bevan (age 48 in 2017)

Turia Pitt (age 30 in 2017)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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