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The best of digital portraiture shown at the National Portrait Gallery

Published: December 6 2017 - 7:01PM

The best of digital portraiture is now on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

The Digital Portraiture Award was established in 2012 to support the growth of digital portraiture, focusing on "screen-based narratives and digital technology".

The winner of the 2017 award, was mixed media installation Selfie Factory by  Ralph Kenke and Elmar Trefz.

It employs a real-time stream of Instagram selfies printed on receipt paper, showing in a tangible way the scale of the selfie phenomenon.

 While at the gallery, the selfie factory will be printing for 15 minutes at a time during the exhibition at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

If you use the hashtag #selfiefactory on Instagram you will jump the queue and see your images printed ahead of plain, old #selfie.

The artists received $10,000 and a professional development residency at The Edge, State Library of Queensland.

Ralph Kenke was in Canberra to receive the award. His co-creator, Elmar Trefz, was there in spirit. He was in San Francisco but posted a selfie using #selfiefactory, the image printed during the proceedings.

The Digital Portraiture Award 2017 will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery until February 18.

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