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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 Winner Announced

A photographic series which features images of a photographer's late mother has won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019.

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Mom (our last one) from the series Goldie (Mother) by Pat Martin, 2018 © Pat Martin

'Mom (our last one)' © Pat Martin


Photographer Pat Martin has won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 for two works from his portrait series of his late mother, Goldie (Mother). The £15,000 award was presented to the Los Angeles-based photographer at an awards ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on Tuesday 5 November 2019.


'Gail and Beaux' © Pat Martin

'Gail and Beaux' © Pat Martin


Second prize was awarded to Enda Bowe for his portrait Neil, a young man photographed as part of Bowe's series on the Belfast Conway estate, a project documenting youth culture on either side of the Belfast 'peace walls'. Garrod Kirkwood was awarded the third prize for his photograph The Hubbucks, a family on the cusp of a holiday adventure to Whitley Bay beach, England. 


Pat Martin is a photographer from Los Angeles, who uses photography to connect with personal memories, while also working to understand his own relationship with time. His intimate series of portraits of his mother, who struggled with addiction issues throughout her life, allowed Martin to reconnect with her and gave him the opportunity to build upon an empty photo album. 


Pat Martin with his winning portraits. Photograph by Jorge Herrera

Pat Martin with his winning portraits. Photograph by Jorge Herrera


Commenting on the winning images, the Judges said: "The photographer has captured something of the struggle and pride of his mother which they felt speaks to the fragility of human experience and the power of the photographic portrait to express loss and evoke memory. The photographer’s assured use of light and a confidence in his compositional approach to the figure was greatly admired." 

The winning portraits will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 exhibition until 16 February 2020.

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12 Nov 2019 9:39AM
I saw this yesterday. Very powerful and honest portraits.

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