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WHO ARE YOU

Australian portraiture
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Featuring 130 works across painting, film, photography, screen printing, sculpture, and then some – it explores our inner worlds, outer selves, intimacy, isolation, celebrity and more.

Kate

Kate

Who are you?

The two portraits that I've chosen to compare and contrast and to bring together a self portrait by John Brack in 1955, and William Yang, Self Portrait #2.

William Yang

William Yang

'Feeling comfortable as a human being'
Portrait story

William Yang on his heritage and becoming a photographer in the 70s.

Self Portrait #2
Self Portrait #2
Self Portrait #2

Self Portrait #2, 1947/2007

William Yang, an unknown artist
Portrait, inkjet print, black and purple ink on paper

Purchased 2022

William, Randwick
William, Randwick
William, Randwick

William, Randwick, 1975/2008

William Yang, Melody Cooper
Portrait, inkjet print, black and purple ink on paper

Purchased 2022

William in Scholar's Costume
William in Scholar's Costume
William in Scholar's Costume

William in Scholar's Costume, 1984/2008

William Yang, Yensoon Tsai
Portrait, inkjet print, black and purple ink on paper

Purchased 2022

Self Portrait with Light Meter
Self Portrait with Light Meter
Self Portrait with Light Meter

Self Portrait with Light Meter, 1987/2007

William Yang
Portrait, inkjet print, white ink on paper

Purchased 2022

Self Portrait #1
Self Portrait #1
Self Portrait #1

Self Portrait #1, 1992/2007

William Yang
Portrait, inkjet print, black ink on paper

Purchased 2022

My Family in Front of Our Old Home
My Family in Front of Our Old Home
My Family in Front of Our Old Home

My Family in Front of Our Old Home, 1992

William Yang
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, black ink on paper

Purchased 2022

Miscellaneous Obsessions #1, My Living Room, Bondi
Miscellaneous Obsessions #1, My Living Room, Bondi
Miscellaneous Obsessions #1, My Living Room, Bondi

Miscellaneous Obsessions #1, My Living Room, Bondi, 2000

William Yang
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, black ink on paper

Purchased 2022

Self Portrait #5
Self Portrait #5
Self Portrait #5

Self Portrait #5, 2008

William Yang, John Fukuda
Portrait, inkjet print, black ink on paper

Purchased 2022

William at Queensland University
William at Queensland University
William at Queensland University

William at Queensland University, 1968/2008

William Yang, an unknown artist
Portrait, inkjet print, white and purple ink on paper

Gift of the artist 2022. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang

From riot to revelry

Nearest & Dearest

Pride, protest, panache

Mural of Italian/Roman actress Anna Magnani (1908­–1973) with face mask, April 2020 Unknown artist

Of plague and portraits

About Face article

Corinna Cullen on the symbolic power of pandemic-related imagery over the ages.

In the Lounge, 2006 by North Sullivan

Seduce, Amuse, Entertain

NPPP 2007 exhibition essay
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Michael Desmond, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2007 Prize.

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