The winner of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 is Jack Charles – by Roderick McNicol
Jack Charles has led what is euphemistically called ‘a colourful life’. Part of the stolen generation, Jack has had an extensive, if at times an interrupted career as an actor, working in both theatre and film. Parallel to this, however, there has been another, darker life of drug abuse, crime and internment. Add to this Jack’s revelation and exploration of gayness and one gets a glimpse of this ‘colourful life’! Happy now, with his drug dependency well and truly behind him and his acting career flourishing, Jack is thriving in a new role as mentor to his community.
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