Portrait of Tracey Briggs

A women with a yellow cardigan stands in front of a backdrop. The woman is smiling, and has brown curly hair.
Rod McNicol, Portrait of Tracey Briggs, 2019, Type C photograph, 74 x 55cm image; 100 x 80cm framed.

Rod McNicol is one of Australia’s most celebrated portrait photographers, recognised for his singular dedication to photographing friends and members of his social world who live in and around the City of Yarra.

Tracey Briggs, a Yorta Yorta and Gunditjmara woman, is a dear friend of McNicol and an important member of the local community in Fitzroy. As with all his photographic work this portrait is strong, yet intimate, as she sits quietly staring directly at the camera. McNicol often revisits his subject’s years or decades later as a way to mark and explore the passage of time.

About the artist

McNicol is a local artist and long term resident of Yarra, working in an old warehouse studio in Smith Street, Fitzroy. He is the winner of the 2004 Australian Photographic Portrait Prize. He was a finalist of the National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2007 and 2010 before winning the prize in 2012. His work is represented in major collections including those of the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Monash Gallery of Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.