Jacqueline Mitelman wins $25,000 portrait prize - Art Collector

28 February 2011 | Melbourne’s Jacqueline Mitelman has won the 2011 National Photographic Portrait Prize. She has won $25,000 for a work titled Miss Alesandra.

Mitelman says: “I first took photographs of Suzi Alesandra over 25 years ago, and it has been almost that long since I last saw her. I found her as striking and interesting as she had been in her youth, and I wanted to show both the wear of time, and some continuity of the spirit. The image I chose reminded me of classical painted portraiture.”

Her work was selected from a field of 55 finalists by a selection panel including artists and Experimental Art Foundation director Domenico de Clario, and National Portrait Gallery director Louise Doyle.

The finalists exhibition, which also features Dean McCartney, Lee Grant, Lisa Tomasetti and David Young, continues at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra until 26 April 2011. The exhibition will then tour nationally.

Jane O'Sullivan

Above: Jacqueline Mitelman, Miss Alessandra, 2010, digital print. Courtesy: the artist

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