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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.

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Michael Riley's portraits

Portrait story

Linda Burney, Brenda Croft and Darrell Sibosado share memories of Michael Riley and his photographic practice.

Charles and Adam
Charles and Adam
Charles and Adam

Charles and Adam, 1990 (printed 2013)

Michael Riley
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2013

Joe and Brenda
Joe and Brenda
Joe and Brenda

Joe and Brenda, 1990 (printed 2013)

Michael Riley
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2013

Tim Riley, Santa Teresa Mission, near Alice Springs
Tim Riley, Santa Teresa Mission, near Alice Springs
Tim Riley, Santa Teresa Mission, near Alice Springs

Tim Riley, Santa Teresa Mission, near Alice Springs, 1965 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001.

Ginger Riley at the Limmen River, Northern Territory
Ginger Riley at the Limmen River, Northern Territory
Ginger Riley at the Limmen River, Northern Territory

Ginger Riley at the Limmen River, Northern Territory, 1992 (printed 2013)

Helga Leunig
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Helga Leunig 2013

A.J. Fischer
A.J. Fischer
A.J. Fischer

A.J. Fischer, 1920s

Sidney Riley Studios
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878)
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878)
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878)

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878), 1878

an unknown artist
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

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Michael Desmond

Biography

Michael Desmond worked at the National Portrait Gallery first as Senior Curator from 2006 to 2011 then as Deputy Director until 2012.

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