Item #CL207-48 Paul Keating ‘Ray-Bans’. Lorrie Graham, b.1954 Aust.
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Paul Keating ‘Ray-Bans’

1993/2023. Digital photograph, titled, dated, and signed in ink in lower margin, 100 x 100cm.

Graham’s image of Paul Keating “brandishing a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses…conveying his illusive cool is one of her most iconic.” Lorrie Graham recalled “‘In 1993, I was dispatched to take a photo of prime minister Paul Keating for the cover of Rolling Stone, while three writers – Linda Jaivin, Peter Corris, and Reg Mombassa – interviewed him. His minder, writer and feminist Anne Summers brought him to my studio in Surry Hills, and the plan was for a straight portrait of him in his Zegna suit. But I’d brought some props with me: three pairs of sunglasses. I handed him the Ray-Bans and told him to play around with them. The result was one of the best-known photos of a politician in Australia. That year he won the election that no-one believed he could win, and on election night I was invited into the backroom where he was celebrating with his staff. They were all wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the image I had taken.’” Ref: Fay Anderson, Monash University; Tonic magazine.

This is the first time this photograph has been released for sale since it was taken in 1993. It is now available in a large format in an edition of 10 with three artist’s proofs or as a silver gelatin photograph in a smaller format (36.2 x 35.8cm) for $2200, printed on demand.

“Lorrie Graham, photojournalist, was given her first camera, a Kodak plastic brownie, at the age of eight. She began her photographic career as the first female photography cadet at the Sydney Morning Herald [in 1975] before moving to London in 1978 to work at The Observer. In 1981, she returned to Australia as the staff photographer at The National Times, winning the Graham Perkin Award in 1986, and in 1987 was picture editor and chief photographer at the Times on Sunday. After working as a staff photographer at The Bulletin in 1988 and 1989, she embarked on a successful freelance career. Her work has included photographic commissions, solo and group exhibitions, books, and stills shoots for films. Graham has been published in newspapers and magazines including The Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Stern, Paris Match, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, HQ Magazine, The Age, The Independent, The Independent Monthly, Australian Geographic and The Monthly.”

Graham has also completed many assignments for AusAID in the Asia–Pacific region. In 2017 she became the first female photojournalist to be inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame. Her photographs are held in the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Museum of Sydney, and the State Library of NSW.” Ref: National Portrait Gallery; Lorrie Graham.

Item #CL207-48

Price (AUD): $5,500.00  other currencies

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