Archie Roach portrait

A black and white portrait of Archie Roach.
Title:
Archie Roach portrait
NFSA ID:
358786
Year:
1990
Category:
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This stark black and white portrait of Archie Roach, taken by music photographer Tony Mott, is absolutely arresting.

It resembles a piece of photojournalism, capturing a fleeting moment on an unidentified street. The technique of blurring the background used here renders the immediate physical context of the photo unimportant compared with the emotion in Archie's face.

The image was taken as a publicity shot for Hightone Records in California before Archie embarked on a tour to the United States in the early 1990s.