You Looking At Me, Looking At You

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A photographic exhibition by Emma Armstrong-Porter showing in the Pride Gallery from 6 November – 8 January 2025.

Memories of intimate shared experiences taken in moments of life, love and loss. These unrefined portraits by artist and educator Emma Armstrong Porter are technically inconsistent because they were shot at a decisive moment, guided by emotion, not photographic convention. These photos capture moments that lean towards the vernacular, but hold a striking private emotion within the returned gaze. Moments veiled through mirrors and glass and immortalised in silver.

Emma Armstrong-Porter is an artist and educator who lives and works on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. They were born in 1986 and are known for their work across many disciplines, especially printmaking and chemistry based photography. They were the co-founder of NOIR darkroom, a gallery and photographic darkroom based in Naarm/Melbourne. They were the recipient of the 2023 Noel Counihan Art Award and the 2021 Midsumma Australia Post Arts prize. They were a finalist in the 2020 Bowness Photography Prize and a finalist in the 2023 Burnie Print Prize, the 2023 Geelong Gallery Print Award, 2023 Iris Award and 2023 National Photographic Portrait Prize. Emma has exhibited across Victoria and interstate, and their work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria as well as many private collectors. 

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