Late 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.