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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.

Janai and Josh, 2011 by Simon Harsent

NPPP 2012 exhibition essay

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Joanna Gilmour, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2012 Prize.

Face of South Sudan, 2012 by Melanie Faith Dove

NPPP 2013 exhibition essay

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Joanna Gilmour, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2013 Prize.

Robert OHara Burke, 1860

The Parlour

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The Victorian era has been described as one wherein death was a part of everyday experience. People died at home having been nursed in their final illnesses by family members. 

Andrew George Scott, alias Captain Moonlite, c.1879 attributed to Charles Nettleton

The Portrait Gallery

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Photography played a significant role in the circulation of messages about law and order, and in the creation of sensation and celebrity. 

Ned Kelly death mask

The Waxworks

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Waxworks were among the various types of entertainment venue to emerge in Australian cities in the mid-nineteenth century. 

Phrenology video: 3 minutes 25 seconds

The Dissecting Room

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Though initially developed by physicians, phrenology was taken up by certain non-medical practitioners who applied the theory to social questions such as education and criminal reform. 

At the Pantechnetheca, Exhibition, Eastern Arcade, Dominick Sonsee, the smallest man in the world

The Freak Show

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Many performers availed themselves of the services of photographic studios, posing for carte de visite portraits that served as souvenirs and as instruments in the making of renown and notoriety.       

The Memoirs of George Barrington

The Library

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By the end of the eighteenth century, crime, criminals and punishment were standard subjects for those engaged in the English print trade. 

Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann

In conversation with Jo Gilmour

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An Auslan interpreted program with Curator, Collection & Research, Joanna Gilmour, exploring some of the stories, artworks and people who have made it to our shores (and walls of the Gallery!).

In Conversation

Rock Chick: Lindy Morrison, 12th March 2021
Recorded virtual programs

Lindy Morrison has played in her share of bands over the years. From jazz to pop to punk, she’s been an ever-present force in Australian music.

Ned Kelly death mask

Sideshow Alley: Infamy, the macabre & the portrait

5 December 2015
Archived media releases 2015

Bushrangers, oddities, true crime and scandal come together in this modern day cabinet of curiosities.

15 minutes of frame

NPG Wellington, Edinburgh and Canberra, 10th March 2021
Recorded virtual programs

Delve into the lives, loves and labour of the world’s most prominent portrait galleries in this international conversation series.

Jack Charles

NPPP 2012 learning resource

Learning resource archive

Exploring select works from the NPPP 2012. For secondary students.

Who's Jo?

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Find out about the curator of the exhibition.

Zareth, 2009 by Scott Bycroft

NPPP 2010 exhibition essay

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Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2010 Prize.

Lady Barkly

New exhibition tells big stories through pint-sized portraits

2 November 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery is bringing the Victorian era back to life in a special exhibition exploring the colour and character of post-goldrush Australia. 

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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