Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012
8 November 2012 – 17 February 2013
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.