“One of the great pleasures of standing before a work in the portrait gallery is being able to lock eyes with another person, for as long as you like. You can’t do that in everyday life; nearly all of us shy away, like the animals we are, from the aggressive or sexual potency of eye-to-eye engagement. That’s why teenagers wear hoods or grow their hair, so they don’t catch anyone’s eye … My observation is that for men and women alike, it’s a visceral thrill to look at photographs such as your very ‘manly’ images of Mick Molloy and Mick Fanning and return the subjects’ unflinching gaze, frankly and unselfconsciously. It’s not any old photographer who can get that undiluted look out of a portrait subject; it’s a gift, or a skill, that you have, if you can elicit that look from them, and I think you’ve got that.”
Dr Sarah Engledow – Curator, National Portrait Gallery
Andrew Maccoll is one of Australia’s most talented fashion and advertising artists. His passion as a photographer guided him towards high end advertising, portraiture, landscape and fashion photography. Andrew has a love of light and capturing true beauty in people. He has been graced with some amazing opportunities during his career including shooting Robert De Niro, Bill Clinton, music superstar P!NK and many more celebrities. His accolades include twice being internationally acclaimed as one of the worlds top ten photographers in his field by the Hasselblad Masters in Berlin. Andrew also has had multiple portraits acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. He was also named as one of the top ten photographers in Australia for both the Advertising and Fashion industries by Capture Magazine. Andrew is now an established creative director for many brands across the print and digital visual campaign space. Since evolving he has worked with NBC Universal, Bvlgari, Dior & The Ritz Carlton. Andrew now accepts photography and creative direction work on a commissions basis alongside working as the the Chief Creative Officer of cutting edge e-commerce tech platform Commerce One.