Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012
- National Portrait Gallery |
- 8 Nov 2012 – 17 Feb 2013
- 50% off with National Art Pass.
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See 60 portraits selected from over 5,000 submissions by emerging photographers, established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs.
The fifth Taylor Wessing exhibition features all 60 shortlisted portraits, including the four Taylor Wessing Prize winners and the winner of the inaugural John Kobal New Work Award for photographers under 30.
Spanish-born photographer Jordi Ruiz Cirera was awarded first prize for Margarita Teichroeb, her portrait of a Bolivian Mennonite living in the Swift Current Colony. Photography is forbidden in Margarita's culture, so Ruiz Cirera was only able to take two frames to get his prize-winning picture.
The first John Kobal New Work Award was won by American photographer Matthew Niederhauser for The Nine Lives of Ai Weiwei, a photograph taken while the Chinese artist was under house arrest. The deep blue of the studio gates in the background contrasts with the ginger of the cat held by the sitter.
£1 with National Art pass (standard entry £2)
Sat – Wed, 10am – 6pm
Thu – Fri, 10am – 9pm
Closed 24 – 26 Dec
What the critics say
Outstanding images from eminent photographic masters and students alike
Last year, I was critical of the Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize. This year I helped judge it – and now realise how tough it is to pick a winner