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Taylor Wessing Prize Shortlist Announced - For the first time ever, five photographers have been shortlisted for the 12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award.

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Five photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 which will showcase the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs.

The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from over 6,000 submissions entered by 2,506 photographers. The exhibition will run from 10 November 2011 until 12 February 2012 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

As well as the first-prize winner and four runners-up, the exhibition will feature the ELLE Commission. For the third year running, ELLE magazine will commission a photographer selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition to shoot a feature story. The ELLE Commission was judged by the fashion magazine’s creative director, Marissa Bourke, together with the art director, Tom Meredith, and picture editor, Flora Bathurst.

The following five photographers have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011:

Jasper Clarke for Wen

Jasper Clarke for Wen


David Knight for Andie

David Knight for Andie


Dona Schwartz for Christina and Mark, 14 months from the series On the Nest

Dona Schwartz for Christina and Mark, 14 months from the series On the Nest

Jooney Woodward for Harriet and Gentleman Jack

Jooney Woodward for Harriet and Gentleman Jack

Jill Wooster for Of Lili

Jill Wooster for Of Lili

The prizes for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 and the winner of the ELLE Commission 2011 will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 8 November 2011 at 7pm. The exhibition opens to the public on Thursday 10 November, and will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London until 12 February 2012.

For more information please visit the National Portrait Gallery website.


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Gaucho
Gaucho e2 Member 122083 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2011 - 1:54 PM

Hmmm Sad

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whipspeed
whipspeed e2 Member 94035 forum postswhipspeed vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2011 - 2:58 PM

Rather like the selection this year, they all show the character of the sitter.

timbo
timbo  11591 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Sep 2011 - 10:19 PM

I'm by no means the best tog in the world but i do make a good living from it. To me these are just boring, not too well lit or composed. Maybe i'm missing something but they just don't float my boat.

Dlees78
Dlees78  7 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2011 - 1:19 PM

I like them, each one makes you think and ask questions about the subject. Too many photographers seem to think portraits should be judged on technical skill or how clever the lighting is. It's the human angle that really matters.

Gaucho
Gaucho e2 Member 122083 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2011 - 2:19 PM

I agree, but compare these with anything that Jane Bowen has done for example and I still don't understand it. Have a look at this.

Jay44
Jay44  81443 forum posts Wales
16 Nov 2011 - 1:46 PM

Apart from the first one they look like snapshots to me. A bit boring to be honest.

thatmanbrian
17 Nov 2011 - 12:16 PM

I suppose one has to consider to whom these images are targetted. The art world is notorious for looking at a mundane picture and gushing about how significant that shadow is and how the direct gaze of the subject unsettles the viewer. To arty types, this is all grist to the mill. It's their world.

I suspect that to a lot of us the images will be looked at with a photographer's eye as well as an artistic one. As such, only the first one does anything for me. Horses for courses.

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