Self portrait, Cyprus

David Potts1953

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Canberra, Australia

David Potts (b. 1926) is a photographer with a career spanning more than fifty years. In the late 1940s he contributed to Laurence le Guay's magazine Contemporary Photography and worked in Russell Roberts's and le Guay's studios in Sydney, often accompanying David Moore on weekend excursions to document the Sydney scene. In 1950 he left Australia to work as a photojournalist in London. In a review of his 2000 exhibition Dawn, Dusk and other Abstracts, Robert McFarlane described Potts as one of Australia's most distinguished photographers. He wrote that 'It is a tribute to Potts's vision that he can express the beauty found in [incongruous] subjects . . . Potts is clearly at the age of contemplation, and what remarkable images he has found to meditate upon.'


  • Title: Self portrait, Cyprus
  • Creator: David Potts
  • Date Created: 1953
  • Physical Dimensions: sheet: 40.2 x 30.2 cm, image: 34.4 x 23.8 cm
  • Provenance: Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Purchased 2001
  • Rights: https://www.portrait.gov.au/form-image-request.php
  • External Link: https://www.portrait.gov.au/portraits/2001.24
  • Medium: Gelatin silver photograph

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