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Polly Borland (1959-), Photographer

Artist of 72 portraits
Born in Melbourne, Polly Borland has lived in the UK since 1989 and has established an international reputation for her work in both portraiture and reportage. She shoots regularly for numerous UK and US publications including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Independentand Dazed and Confused. She says that, 'the best portraiture is when you get beneath the skin of someone, it's psychologically revealing. You penetrate below the surface.' Borland won the 1994 John Kobal Photography Portrait Award. In 2000 the National Portrait Gallery commissioned Borland to take a series of photographs, Australians, for an exhibition to celebrate that country's 200th anniversary.

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x75857

Kingsley Amis

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, 1994 or before
NPG x75857

x75861

Jeanette Winterson

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, 1995
NPG x75861

x87279

Rachel Griffiths

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, November 1995
NPG x87279

x75859

Hon. Dominic Ralph Campden Lawson

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, 1995
NPG x75859

x87275

Peter Benjamin Mandelson, Baron Mandelson

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, 19 February 1997
NPG x87275

x87274

Julie Burchill; Charlotte Raven

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, 26 August 1997
NPG x87274

x87759

The Wilson Twins (Jane Wilson; Louise Wilson)

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, November 1998
NPG x87759

x87761

Georgie Hopton

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, 1998
NPG x87761

x87745

Simon Periton

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, November 1998
NPG x87745

x87746

Angus Fairhurst

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, November 1998
NPG x87746

x87760

'Muf' (Liza Fior; Juliet Bidgood; Katherine Clarke)

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, November 1998
NPG x87760

x88440

Michael Howell Blakemore

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, August 1999
NPG x88440

x88441

Ron Mueck

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, September 1999
NPG x88441

x88442

Herb Wharton

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, July 1999
NPG x88442

x88443

Yvonne Denise Kenny

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, August 1999
NPG x88443

x88444

Robert McCredie May, Baron May of Oxford

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, September 1999
NPG x88444

x88445

Cate Blanchett

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, November 1999
NPG x88445

x88446

Natalie Imbruglia

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, November 1999
NPG x88446

x88447

Kylie Minogue

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, October 1999
NPG x88447

x88448

Barry Humphries

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, October 1999
NPG x88448