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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 Winner: Roderick McNicol

Posted: March 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: ART, Photographer | Tags: , , | Comments Off on National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 Winner: Roderick McNicol

National Photographic Portrait PrizeLate artist Margaret Olley, author Tom Keneally and former Art Gallery of New South Wales director Edmund Capon are among the well-known faces captured by photographers for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 – NPPP 2012. This years winner, Melbourne photographer Roderick McNicol, has scooped the pool with a photo of his mate Jack Charles.

McNicol’s subject has led what is euphemistically called ‘a colourful life’. Part of the stolen generation, Jack Charle has had an extensive, if at times an interrupted career as an actor, working in both theatre and film.

The actor is open about his time spent on the streets, in jail and in the throes of heroin addiction. Parallel to his acting, Jack Charles lived a darker life of drug abuse, crime and internment. Add to this Jack’s revelation and exploration of gayness, offering the viewer a glimpse of this ‘colourful life’

Happy now, with his drug dependency well and truly behind him and his acting career flourishing, Jack is thriving in a new role as mentor to his community. Throughout it all, Jack Charles and Roderick M sustained a decades-long friendship, this win couldn’t have gone to a more fitting pair.

NPP 2012 Winner - Jack Charles by Roderick McNicol

Melbourne photographer Roderick McNicol is a 40-year veteran of the craft of portrait photography, he said of the $25,000 prize that it will simply help him to continue in his practice. “When you work as an art photographer any money that comes in gets ploughed into your work,” McNicol said.

McNicol has won this year’s NPPP at the National Portrait Gallery with a photo of his close mate Jack Charles. Jack Charles is a member of the stolen generation, taken from his mother in 1943 when he was four months old and raised in the Box Hill Boys School, in Melbourne’s outer east. “I grew up totally ignorant of my Aboriginal heritage,” Jack Charles said.

The NPPP doesn’t set out to show a cross-section of Australian life or experiences, by default that seems to be what has portrayed. The  46 finalists – chosen from more than 1,500 entries – that will go on show, have come up with an exhibition that exudes Australiana.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize is an annual event intended to promote the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers. The prize is supported by VISA and The Australian.

The NPPP 2012 will tour regional Australia:

Mooree Plains Gallery, NSW, 29 June – 12 August.

Glass House Gallery Port Macquarie NSW 14 September – 14 November.

Flinders University Art Museum and City Gallery, SA 2 December – 14 February 2013.

Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW 7 March – 7 April 2012. Entry is free to all venues.

Finalists For the 2012 Prize Included:

Matthew Abbott (NSW)
Anthony Anderton (QLD)
Julianna Balla (NSW)
Anita Louise Beaney (VIC)
Jolyon James and Raphael Ruz (VIC)
Daniel Boud (NSW)
James Brickwood (NSW)
Adrian Brown (NSW)
Andrew David Campbell (VIC)
Aletheia Casey (NSW)
Heather Faulkner (QLD)
Alex Frayne (SA)
David Glazebrook (NSW)
Alina Gozina (NSW)
Gary Francis Grealy (NSW)
Eryca Judi Green (NSW)
Simon Harsent (NSW)
David Leonard Kelly (QLD)
Ingvar Kenne (NSW)
Regan Kennedy (ACT)
Mine Konakci (NSW)
Benjamin Liew (SA)
Graham Peter McCarter (NSW)
Brenton McGeachie (NSW)
Arianne Ruth McNaught (QLD)
Roderick David McNicol (VIC)
John McRae (NSW)
Georgia Metaxas (VIC)
George Mifsud (VIC)
Dale Rodney Neill (WA)
Christopher Pearce (ACT)
Martin William Philbey (VIC)
Emma Phillips (VIC)
Aaron Puls (WA)
Sandra Ramacher (NSW)
Domas Rukas (QLD)
Titian Scheffer (VIC)
Russell Shakespeare (QLD)
Miles Henry Standish (VIC)
Jennifer Stocks (NSW)
David Tacon (VIC)
Mark Tedeschi (NSW)
Tobias Titz (VIC)
Nikki Toole (VIC)
Peter West (ACT)
Louise Whelan (NSW)


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Official NPP websitewww.portrait.gov.au