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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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Janet Holmes à Court, by Polly Borland - NPG x88473

Janet Holmes à Court

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, July 1999
NPG x88473

Leo McKern, by Polly Borland - NPG x88474

Leo McKern

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, September 1999
NPG x88474

Barrington Pheloung, by Polly Borland - NPG x88475

Barrington Pheloung

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, November 1999
NPG x88475

Bruce Gyngell, by Polly Borland - NPG x88476

Bruce Gyngell

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, November 1999
NPG x88476

Leanne Benjamin, by Polly Borland - NPG x88478

Leanne Benjamin

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, October 1999
NPG x88478

Kit McMahon, by Polly Borland - NPG x88479

Kit McMahon

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, November 1999
NPG x88479

Rebecca Hossack, by Polly Borland - NPG x88480

Rebecca Hossack

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, September 1999
NPG x88480

Peter Conrad, by Polly Borland - NPG x88481

Peter Conrad

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, September 1999
NPG x88481

Elisabeth Murdoch, by Polly Borland - NPG x88482

Elisabeth Murdoch

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, October 1999
NPG x88482

Marc Newson, by Polly Borland - NPG x88483

Marc Newson

by Polly Borland
bromide print, November 1999
NPG x88483

Alan Freeman, by Polly Borland - NPG x88484

Alan Freeman

by Polly Borland
bromide print, September 1999
NPG x88484

Leon Davis, by Polly Borland - NPG x88485

Leon Davis

by Polly Borland
bromide print, November 1999
NPG x88485

Peter Tatchell, by Polly Borland - NPG x88486

Peter Tatchell

by Polly Borland
bromide print, November 1999
NPG x88486

John Richard Pilger, by Polly Borland - NPG x88487

John Richard Pilger

by Polly Borland
bromide print, September 1999
NPG x88487

Dame Bridget Margaret Ogilvie, by Polly Borland - NPG x88488

Dame Bridget Margaret Ogilvie

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, November 1999
NPG x88488

Tony Clark, by Polly Borland - NPG x88489

Tony Clark

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, August 1999
NPG x88489

Sir Alec Nigel Broers, by Polly Borland - NPG x88490

Sir Alec Nigel Broers

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, September 1999
NPG x88490

John Hillcoat, by Polly Borland - NPG x88491

John Hillcoat

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, July 1999
NPG x88491

Sarah Harmarnee, by Polly Borland - NPG x88492

Sarah Harmarnee

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, August 1999
NPG x88492

Sir Peter John Morris, by Polly Borland - NPG x88493

Sir Peter John Morris

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, November 1999
NPG x88493

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