Rod McNicol is a male artist born in Australia, currently working in Australia.
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Rod McNicol was born in Melbourne in 1946. He studied at Prahran College (Department of Photography) during 1974. Although his time at Prahran was relatively short, it gave rise to a close friendship with Athol Shmith, who was to mentor McNicol through his early career. In 1975 he co-founded The Photographers Gallery in South Yarra. In 1978 he shared his first exhibition with Carol Jerrems at Brummels Gallery. From the beginning portraiture was the central focus of McNicol’s work. Not long after this first exhibition he rented an old warehouse space in Fitzroy, and created a daylight studio. He still lives and works in this same studio space today. Between 1978 and 1985 he created a series of black and white portraits of his contemporaries – artists, actors, drug addicts and other fellow marginals. This body of work, exhibited under the title A Portrait, was shown in Melbourne (1978), in Cracow, Poland (1986), and then in Paris (1987).

Pam died six weeks after this photograph was taken. She is holding a photograph of herself aged six, taken by her father who was to die when Pam was only twelve.
archival digital print
64×52cm
1989