National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 finalists
June 21, 2022
Melbourne-based commercial photographer, Adam Haddrick, has won the 2022 National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP) Art Handlers’ Award for his portrait, Cordy in the Clouds.
Haddrick’s subject, Cordy, is a Tjungundji elder from Far North Queensland, whose name translates to ‘spirit of the sunrise’.
Here’s Haddrick’s artist statement:
‘I first saw ‘Cordy’ when he walked past me on my first day in Charters Towers. I was immediately mesmerised by his presence. Months later I had the chance to meet with him. He shared his story and told me of a visit to India for an archaeology conference where the locals greeted him as a holy man. I hadn’t seen clouds in the sky for weeks but while taking his portrait they rolled in behind him as if on cue.’
National Portrait Gallery collection officers, Jess Kemister and Jacob Potter, who pick the Art Handlers’ Award, were ‘mesmerised’ by Haddrick’s portrait, stating it’s ‘a quiet and still moment, conveying a sense of calm and the peaceful energy of the subject. You can look at this work for a long time.’
The Art Handlers’ Award is a secondary prize, with the overall NPPP winner – worth $30K cash and $20K worth of Canon Gear – to be announced on July 1.
The 50 NPPP finalist images will show in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. The exhibition will then show in other Australian galleries. Here’s a selection of finalist pictures: